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Internet: Broadband

House of Lords written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Lord Inglewood Lord Inglewood Chair, Communications and Digital Committee

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will fulfil the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) State Aid requirement to publish information for suppliers wishing to access the new subsidised broadband infrastructure, including information on the location of the new infrastructure, the supplier footprint and the wholesale access products offered over it; and how they will ensure that the last ten per cent of premises not expected to be reached by the BDUK procurements are able to make plans for their own provision by having information in a consistent, accessible format and at a high level of detail.

Photo of Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lords Spokesperson (Department for Culture, Media and Sport), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The text of the UK’s State aid approval has been published on the DCMS website together with information which provides guidance to local authorities and the devolved administrations and other stakeholders on the general and specific wholesale network access requirements that will apply to suppliers in direct and indirect receipt of State aid. BT Openreach has also recently published details of changes to its Physical Infrastructure Access (PIA) portfolio as a result of the State aid decision and this is available to all communications providers. Information relating to the location of new infrastructure will be made available at various stages throughout the implementation period following initial survey, detailed planning and installation works. Broadband Delivery UK has further provided guidance to local authorities on how to provide information for communities on coverage of superfast broadband provided by the local broadband projects with the aim of assisting communities to determine whether to take forward their own local community broadband projects.

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