There was a burst of BDUK project activity in the run up to Christmas, but this was mainly announcements from the original pilot projects. As we enter 2013 and have just two years left to meet the 2015 deadline progress still seems painfully slow for those residents and businesses in the many counties that are yet to start work on increasing superfast broadband coverage and more importantly improving the basic broadband service levels.
Leicestershire County Council agreed some £4m from its own county funds to add to the £3.3m allocated by the BDUK back in January 2012, it seems that a further £1.1m of funding has been agreed by the district councils.
Importantly for the various communities worried about the lack of progress and who want updates there is a briefing session which is open to community broadband groups, parish councils and local businesses that will be held on 11th February at the Leicestershire County Council offices, the deadline for registration is Friday 25th January 2013.
The current timetable is such that the project is expecting to sign a contract with a supplier this summer, leaving under two years to complete the project if the Government targets are to be met.