The transition to the State Aid Public Consultation phase for a BDUK project is hardly one to crack open the champagne over, but it does mean the West Sussex is at least moving forward.
The consultation runs until 2nd December 2012 and is a chance for individuals, community projects and commercial operators to ensure that their plans are known about and thus avoid over build and wasting BDUK funding on areas where people already have a choice of a basic (2 Mbps or better) service or access to superfast broadband.
The previous Open Market Review received responses from Avonline plc, BT Openreach, Datanet, ETDE Infrastructure Limited, Highpoint Infrastructure, Inkspot Wifi, Kijoma Solutions Limited MDNX, MLL Telecom, Tarium / Satellite Solutions, TES Limited, thinkbroadband.com, UK Broadband, Virgin Media and Zoom Broadband Limited. This information has allowed the council to create maps so people can see how they stand with regards to faster services, the number summary with regards to superfast broadband is as follows:
|District||Total Premises||NGA White Premises (*)|
|Adur & Worthing||78,691||1,862|
(*) NGA White refers to premises where there is no superfast broadband now and no plans to deploy by commercial operators in the next three years.
If you live in West Sussex, then it is important that you check the classification for your area, and highlight any corrections/omissions as the final coverage information will be used to drive forward the deployment plans once the project starts to deliver a service via its chosen partner.