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Programme Delivery Model

Broadband Delivery Programme

6

Programme Delivery Approach

    • 6.1

      Introduction

      • 6.1.1

        This section summarises the overall approach of the Broadband Delivery Programme for the delivery of its objectives.

    • 6.2

      Overview of approach

      • 6.2.1

        The Broadband Delivery Programme is governed by a Programme Board which is chaired by the DCMS Senior Responsible Owner for the Programme. Its membership includes representatives from: the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; the Department for Communities and Local Government; HM Treasury; Ofcom; Race Online; Northern Ireland Office; Scotland Office; Wales Office; and the Local Government Association. On policy issues, the Broadband Delivery Programme Board also reports to a cross-Whitehall Ministerial Group on Broadband.

      • 6.2.2

        BDUK‟s primary role is to govern and assure the delivery of policy through supporting and providing funding for local bodies to undertake local broadband projects. Local bodies will pull together local requirements, communities and initiatives to procure, govern and assure the implementation of broadband solutions. This will involve local bodies entering into contracts with suppliers and service providers for the delivery of broadband solutions who will deliver new/improved services to residential consumers and businesses. Devolved Administrations may elect to undertake these roles where it is appropriate to do so.

      • 6.2.3

        The Broadband Delivery Programme is being delivered primarily as follows:

        • BDUK is responsible for:

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            The central co-ordination of the Programme;

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              The development and management of the overall approach to the delivery of broadband projects;

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              Primary liaison and co-ordination with industry stakeholders;

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              Acting as the conduit for, and assurance of the use of, central Programme funds;

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              Any national approaches to sourcing; and

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              Providing support, guidance, information sharing and a toolkit for local bodies.

        • In England, local bodies are responsible for:

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              The development of Local Broadband Plans;

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              The development and sourcing of individual projects;

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              The involvement of local community groups;

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              Sourcing EU and local funding;

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              Ensuring compliance with State Aid provisions and, if applicable, applying for clearance in exceptional circumstances;

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              Project delivery; and

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              Informing Ofcom of local communication needs and shortcomings in service coverage.

        • The broadband policy team in DCMS is responsible for:

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              Development of the government‟s policy on broadband; 15

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