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Three councils unlikely to reach BDUK funding deadline

The department for culture, media and sport (DCMS) have released details today listing the counties who had submitted their local broadband plans to Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) for approval. It also cited the counties whose plans had been approved but had not yet been advertised which is good news for many of those wondering what their county would be doing. Details have been released in the form of data on Google Maps and through a PDF showing the likelihood of meeting the timetable. The map shows 13 counties have had their plans approved, while a further 32 have yet to submit their plans.

While the report shows it is optimistic that most counties will meet the timetable given to them by the DCMS to submit plans, there seems to be bad news for those in the Merseyside, Tyneside and North East Somerset areas. The report has recognised it has little confidence in these three counties to meet the current timetable given.

"I am disappointed that a few councils seem to have slipped behind schedule. I will be seeking urgent talks with these councils to ensure they understand the need to make real progress quickly. We do not intend to continue to fund councils if they continue to fail to deliver."

Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and the Creative Industries

The DCMS set aside £530 million for broadband in 2010's Spending Review, which will be allocated to councils who submit their plans on how to use the funding by the end of February 2012. This then begs the question, what will happen to money allocated to councils if they don't submit their plans. Will it be re-allocated back out across the other counties?

Many of the councils have also pledged to match the funding given to them by BDUK in order to maximise the broadband upgrade.


Just wondering but at the bottom of the PDF it says for Northern Ireland:

"Pilot project to be agreed (have already
achieved 90% superfast coverage)"

What does "Pilot project to be agreed" mean? Is this for the last 10%?

  • jdowning640
  • over 9 years ago

Yes that will be to extend superfast deeper into that final 10% of properties.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 9 years ago

In NI they have already given one tranche of money to BT and the rest of the money will go the same way, as will the rest of the £100M unfortunately

  • nickkcin
  • over 9 years ago

Cheers guys!

@andrew - How exactly do they know which properties are still left? For example - my exchange+cabinet is enabled but I'm too far away from the cabinet. Does 100% of properties mean they'll just make sure that all cabinets and exchanges are FTTC enabled & then they can say that everywhere is fibred?

  • jdowning640
  • over 9 years ago

Do you currently have ADSL, if so how can you be too far from the cabinet ?
It's got to be closer than the exchange.

  • lmschuffer
  • over 9 years ago

The cabinet is literally right beside the exchange - 2 miles away.


  • jdowning640
  • over 9 years ago

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