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BDUK project for Cumbria can stop hiding now

The faster broadband project for Cumbria can now get underway properly rather than just hiding in an office creating spreadsheets and planning. The go order has been given as the EU has now given the funding approval for the project which classifies it as a major project as the total cost exceeded €50m.

The total contract stands at around £51m, with £15m of this being money from BT, and £13.7 million from the European Regional Development Fund. The project aims to increase coverage of super fast broadband from current commercial deployments to a figure of 93% of premises, with the remainder getting at least 2 Mbps.

Hopefully the Connecting Cumbria website will quickly now update to start giving residents and businesses more information on roll-out plans.


So this project neeeded to wait for both generic approval of BDUK and specific one-off project approval? Two separate approvals of the same project, rather than one group making both decisions at the same time?

Is there any money left over to actually buy a cabinet?

On a positive note, I see the EU report specifies 30Mbps.

  • WWWombat
  • over 7 years ago

Presumably, then, Devon/Somerset have to have the same extra approval. Perhaps the Highlands & Islands too.

How many more BDUK projects?

  • WWWombat
  • over 7 years ago

Do any of the BDUK projects disclose what is being done where ahead of it happening ? or do they keep that quiet for commercial reasons ?

For example would any of the projects tell me what a certain location will get and when ?

  • herdwick
  • over 7 years ago

Well Surrey is giving postcodes rough timelines, so it probably varies from council to council and how open they are when doing things.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 7 years ago

Lincolnshire's have published phased roll-out plans. You can check your postcode to see what you are getting and when it is coming. Seems a sensible thing to have in place. Projects should be able to communicate this fairly easily.

  • SeanB84
  • over 7 years ago

North Yorkshire's website doesn't say anything about individual properties. Their "where-and-when" page is a copy of Openreach's.

However, while they didn't really make a big announcement, a lot of the county's exchanges changed from a "NC" status to "FE" or "CS" last December.

  • WWWombat
  • over 7 years ago

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