While we still wait on the BDUK blanket EU State Aid approval to arrive another project edges closer to the point where it could start actual delivery work, rather than just meetings and reports.
South Gloucestershire Council who have partnered with Wiltshire Council has announced that BT is the preferred bidder for the project to implement the USC and Superfast broadband targets. The project currently has a total of £23m of public money, with as yet an unknown amount being contributed by BT, the funding split is £15.5m from Wiltshire and £2.2m from South Gloucestershire Council, the amount from the central BDUK fund is just £5.37m.
For those living and working in the area http://www.southglos.gov.uk/broadband has more information on the project including a map showing the postcodes where project will be operating.
One of the local papers suggests that the project has cleared the Brussels hurdle, which we presume means that EU State Aid approval has been received, but this we believe is not the case yet. The newspaper article does point out that residents of Swindon are not part of this project, with Swindon following its own path to broadband nirvana.