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Government sets deadline of Feb 2012 for BDUK funding proposals
Thursday 15 December 2011 16:04:40 by John Hunt

A deadline has been set by the government for local authorities to plan their superfast broadband rollout. By the end of February 2012, councils using funding from the £530m BDUK pot, will need to have submitted their draft 'Local Broadband Plan', with a final plan agreed by the government at the end of April. The government are aiming to reach 90% of homes and businesses with superfast broadband - broadband with a speed faster than 24Mbps - and everyone should be able to connect with a speed of at least 2Mbps.

"Superfast broadband is fundamental to our future economic success. Businesses need it to grow, the public will need it to access new services. Some local authorities will find these to be challenging targets. But I will not allow the UK to fall behind in rolling-out superfast broadband. Superfast broadband is simply too important for creating the growth we need to allow the roll-out to be delayed. I am confident local authorities will be able to meet the timetable and provide their businesses and residents with the broadband access they need."

Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport

This short timescale may catch some councils out if they have not already started planning due to the short time scale and the requirement for matched-funding for the money given out by BDUK. The government need to ensure action starts happening soon though if they are to meet their aims of the best broadband network in Europe by 2015.

If some councils have not planned their broadband rollout by the end of July, the government may consider running a national procurement for these areas. This would likely see a large company standing up to take over the roll out in these areas, which would likely be BT or perhaps Fujitsu, who are waging to put in a full fibre-to-the-home option.

With 90% of homes and businesses expected to be covered by superfast broadband, we may have to see some areas reach into the 95-100% coverage bracket to ensure that average doesn't drop if some rural areas cannot make it up to 90%.

The government will release a progress report detailing how far each local authority has got in January 2012, which may help encourage those currently dragging to pull their socks up.


Posted by omnius over 5 years ago
Give it to fujitsu, i can think of nothing better for the london olimpics (and the whole uk "world street cred") then to have FTTC while the "farming folk" have nice future proof FTTH. Thanks cam, dont let the door hit your ass when you get thrown out of power
Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
Not really anything would be a damage limitation exercise.

Only a coherent policy from the start would have given "world street cred".

There still hasn't been any open documents on how with a mere £2billion (1.5 of their own + 530 million) they would be able to reach the next 20% with FTTH. That's only £200 per property...
And final third is a mix of urban, suburban and rural, "extreme" rural does make up the last 10%.
Posted by Bob_s2 over 5 years ago
I dont think Fujitsu were looking to deploy FTTH to the rural areas. It would not be possible at any sensible cost. You would probably belooking at in the region of £1000 per home passed. I think their approach was FTTH in the Urban areas with FTTC in rural areas with the option of a wireless link for the hard to reach areas
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
Their press release said they would be using mostly FTTH?
Posted by TavistockSFB01822 over 5 years ago
Is this Government directing failure by giving the job to Local Authorities? Many have trouble with delivering the most basic of services even when raking in millions of pounds in Council Tax.

An example is Devon County Council, they have supposed funding in a 4 year project. It will be 16 months (a third of this project) before they make any announcement on any area to benefit.
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