Broadband

Department for Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 16th January 2015.

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Photo of Chris Bryant Chris Bryant Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the County Durham, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Essex and Wokingham phase 2 broadband projects produced coverage maps of their broadband implementation plans at a full 7-digit postcode level.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy (Jointly with Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy (Jointly with Department for Culture Media and Sport)

County Durham, Essex and Berkshire (covering Wokingham) do not yet have contracts in place for their phase 2 broadband projects. Hampshire agreed its contract in November and Oxfordshire agreed its contract in December. Neither of these projects has yet been through the detailed planning and survey stage and they therefore do not have a confirmed deployment plan which would enable a coverage map to be produced.

All five have phase 1 coverage maps and links to 7 digit postcode checkers. BDUK has also made available a national 7 digit postcode checker which can be found at: http://gosuperfastchecker.culture.gov.uk/ .

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