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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to facilitate competition in the deployment of superfast broadband.
The Government’s broadband strategy, “Britain’s Superfast Broadband Future” published in December 2010 includes a number of policy and regulatory interventions aimed at supporting and stimulating investment in superfast broadband networks—including encouraging sharing of infrastructure, allowing new deployment of overhead communications cables and encouraging other methods of reducing civil engineering costs such as micro-trenching. The Government are also investing £530 million up to 2015 to support broadband rollout in areas the market will not reach in a reasonable time. Those projects will be subject to open competitive tender procedures consistent with European procurement guidelines. The networks they support will have to be made available on an open access basis.