BDUK trial reports did not consider farms to be businesses
Harrogate Borough Council has rejected a report on the BDUK North Yorkshire pilot scheme, which was meant to be one of the showcase projects that would help other local authorities see how different broadband options would work.
The report critically failed to consider farms as businesses and as such will now have to be re-written. There are a myriad of reports and milestones that must be met as the BDUK projects progress, and even council chiefs are saying the rate of progress is 'frustrating'.
The North Yorkshire project, should in theory have had a head start, as it is based around an existing scheme NYNet which started in 2007.
Anyone who has ever been involved in government or local authority procurement will be well used to these sorts of delays, but the BDUK team and politicians should be starting to get concerned about delays like this, as while the final deadline is three years away, the amount of work across the UK as a whole will stretch companies resources to install superfast broadband.