The opting out of the BDUK scheme by Bath and Somerset back in 2011 came at a time when it seemed the BDUK scheme was potentially starting to split at the seams. Now at the start of 2012 we learn that a new scheme (involving BDUK) has been given approval by council members in Bath and North East Somerset.
The council will now provide some £475,000 into the pot for the new scheme, which with its £1 becomes £4.70 in investment from other sources does appear much better than the £1 becomes £2.20 of the previous scheme. The scheme draws on private sector funding, BDUK and European Regional Development funding.
Interesting while the scheme appears to have better funding than some other plans, the targets look small if the information is correct, the 2 Mbps (Megabits per second) for all is standard, but the 20 Mbps for over 85% is below the usual definition of superfast broadband by the BDUK which is a speed of 25 Mbps or faster, and a target coverage of 90% at these speeds. A large number of councils are also using a 30 Mbps definition for superfast broadband.