Local authorities look towards awarding demand stimulation contracts
The EU Tender website (Ted) has details on two contracts that are linked to the various BDUK projects going on around the country, and give an insight into the priorities given to various parts of the projects.
Cumbria County Council has a tender online with a maximum value of £2,500,000 that is seeking a company to handle the stimulation of take-up of superfast broadband services across the county over a 17 month period, specifically SME sized firms that qualify as part of the ERDF remit (European Regional Development Fund). The contract is promoted as a business support programme and this should mean it is not just about holding business breakfast meetings, but going out and helping businesses understand the advantages of broadband in the first place, and in particular what superfast broadband means to them.
Nottinghamshire County Council has a much smaller tender running with a value of £200,000 that is to provide demand stimulation across the county over a period of 12 months.
The Worcesterhire broadband plan indicated that they would use £140,000 to drive a demand programme across the countys, and crucially it would not come from the BDUK project funds, but two other funds which are the Sustainable Transport Fund and the Green Infrastructure Fund.