The fluid nature of the BDUK roll-outs is today highlighted by the expansion on the project covering North and North East Lincolnshire. The extra money comes from Westminster and the ERDF fund, both of whom put money into the original contract signed in June 2013.
The local press indicates that the extra funding should allow the project to expand on the original 89% getting the option of connecting to a fibre based service to a figure of 92%, or an extra 5,000 premises.
The new funding is made is up of £500,000 from the BDUK (we presume from the contingency fund not allocated in August 2011), another £562,000 from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and £150,000 from the North Lincolnshire Councils. There is also additional funding from BT, our original coverage suggested BT was putting in £1.51m, but a figure of £3.3m from BT is mentioned with this no rising to £4.2m.
Increasing coverage will be welcomed by those in the affected parts of Lincolnshire, but further BDUK money going to BT is going to once more increase the volume of complaints about predatory BT practices.