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Urban broadband fund running short consultation

After the complaints about the broadband plans for Birmingham by both Virgin Media and BT, it seems the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) may be attempting to avoid similar problems as the projects race towards procurement this summer.

A short (ends 15th March 2013) consultation is running to allow commercial operators and other parties to comment on various commercial models for the projects. The three models under consideration are:

  1. Public Sector operator of passive asset, supported by private sector operator;
  2. Deploy and operate passive infrastructure;
  3. Deploy and operate passive and active infrastructure.

One aspect of the consultation that appears to be designed specifically to cope with fibre on demand via Openreach is the questions about voucher schemes which could be used to subsidise the high connection fees the fibre on demand service will command.

Comments

There is some interesting info in section 3.5.4 about state aid rules, I wonder whether these also apply to BDUK?

  • jumpmum
  • over 4 years ago

This will be fun. These options were not even referenced in Ofcom's current WLA/WBA market review or indeed Ofcom's annual action plan. They imply the possibility of national infarstructure sharing agreements needed to support Ultrafast (FTTP) ambitions of urban areas at wholesale rates of £10-£12 a month... That or you can meet your ambitions by handing out vouchers to customers to give to BT or Virgin. This is an FTTP transition plan but each city is on its own.

  • ValueforMoney
  • over 4 years ago

It has now moved to: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/urban-broadband-fund-consultation

  • dunks
  • over 4 years ago

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