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:
- Public Sector operator of passive asset, supported by private sector operator;
- Deploy and operate passive infrastructure;
- 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.