It would seem that we can expect lots more announcements from councils around the UK as they put together partnerships and bids to obtain funding from BDUK for super-fast broadband roll-out. North Lincolnshire Council and North East Lincolnshire Councilwas spotted by ISPreview.
The joint bid appears to be aiming for a 30Mbps speed available to 100% of customers, with EU funding and extra funding from BDUK. The technology mix is expected to include fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC), fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) and wireless to cover the area, and a 30Mbps target excludes the use of even satellite broadband services for the more remote locations.
The plan is to be submitted to the BDUK by October 2011, so for areas like Bourne it does not promise an immediate answer but gives some hope. One danger as councils announce intentions to seek EU and BDUK funding is that commercial operators may step back from putting super-fast broadband into the more economically marginal areas, if they believe they have a good possibility of securing the contract for any area.