A small update from the DCMS has emerged on the eight pilot projects that are using some £10m to show alternate ways of getting superfast broadband to the 5% of the UK where the commercial case is at the weakest.
The eight projects are the same as detailed in June 2014 and cover a mixture of wireless, satellite and fibre options. The feasibility and state aid phases have now advanced to the point where we should see deployment starting in early 2015, with the results from these deployments feeding back so the UK Government can figure out how much money will be needed to resolve the issue of getting superfast broadband to the final 5% of the UK.
Each of the pilot areas will be de-scoped from the existing BDUK 90% and 95% roll-out projects, but if a pilot fails to deliver the postcodes involved will be returned to the under evaluation list for the relevant local authority.
In ideal world, this is how the original BDUK 90% pilot projects would have worked, but with the most advanced of those projects only just about to complete (North Yorkshire), the pressure to hit deadlines meant traditional, test, develop, refine, deploy methodologies had to be ignored otherwise the complaints about poor broadband would be a lot worse than they are now.