Help Derbyshire County Council demonstrate your desire for better broadband
There are some that assume the BDUK money and results of tenders are a foregone conclusion, but most of the BDUK funds that have been earmarked already are subject to a requirement that councils manage to match-fund the amount. It is requirement to attract extra investment, or make the case for using a councils own funds to match the BDUK funding that is resulting in many councils carrying out surveys.
Derbyshire County Council is the latest council to carry out a survey, with different forms for residents and businesses, and for those not able to submit information online, a phone number for someone at the council who will transcribe your answers. Surrey County Council included information about its survey in their printed quarterly newsletter, hopefully other councils will do similar to ensure those unable to get online will be able to express their views.
Those with longer memories will remember South Derbyshire County Council carrying out a survey in 2008, that was to provide pressure on BT to improve services in the area. The BDUK funding and the work to get superfast broadband to something like 90% of households across the UK are much more concrete, and hopefully councils will have enough vision to get even areas where superfast services are not possible as fast a service as possible, rather than just meet the 2 Mbps Universal Service Commitment.