Programme Delivery Model
Broadband Delivery Programme
of funding for the Broadband Delivery Programme and also the capacity of the marketplace.
The selection of projects within the Broadband Delivery Programme started with the four Superfast Broadband Pilot locations: Cumbria, Herefordshire, North Yorkshire and the Highlands and Islands in Scotland. It is intended that these Pilots are to test a number of different aspects – from how local bodies should approach working together, how to develop and structure comprehensive Local Broadband Plans, to how to address issues that will arise during the procurement of broadband solutions. The Pilots are continuing to develop and work alongside BDUK, and have proved to be a useful source of information which BDUK has been able to use to help shape its approach. The selection and commencement of additional broadband projects are not dependent upon the testing of delivery solutions in the Pilots.
BDUK issued guidance in March 2011 for local bodies to follow when submitting proposals for the selection of an additional set of local broadband projects for BDUK funding, with the selection process planned to complete at the end of May 2011. This will start the development of a more significant pipeline of projects and will signal confirmation to the market place that there is a significant opportunity here. After this date, BDUK will move away from „rounds‟ of project selection. Instead, BDUK will operate a continuous process where local bodies will bid for funding within their own timescales.
Not all projects that will deliver broadband solutions to rural and remote areas are within the direct ambit of the Broadband Delivery Programme. There are existing Superfast Broadband projects (e.g. in Cornwall) and potentially future projects (including some projects involving the procurement of public sector enterprise networks) that do not require funding from the Broadband Delivery Programme. BDUK will endeavour to share useful information from and with these projects so that the local bodies can benefit from each other.
Demand and registration. The level of demand from businesses and residential consumers can have a significant impact on the commercial viability of and hence the level of investment in broadband infrastructure. Demand for broadband services translates into the take-up of broadband packages from service providers, who in turn purchase wholesale access and services from suppliers. The ability to stimulate and register potential demand for broadband services prior to seeking bids for broadband solutions will reduce the level of public investment required. BDUK is pursuing ways to provide demand registration tools for local bodies to use during the development and early stages of sourcing. Once contracts for broadband solutions are awarded then local bodies, suppliers and service providers will be responsible for activities to convert potential demand into actual demand. Demand and registration is discussed further in section 9.
Market environment. The willingness and capacity of suppliers and service providers to participate in the procurement and delivery of local broadband projects is a key area. BDUK will co-ordinate the input of market place views and seek to address concerns in relation to the Programme. The Programme is in regular contact with the Broadband Stakeholder Group, and has an open door for any interested supplier of service provider to discuss issues.
Funding. A key role in the national delivery model for BDUK is as guardian of the Broadband Delivery Programme funding. BDUK are responsible for the allocation and distribution of the funding of the Broadband Delivery Programme to local bodies and Devolved Administrations. It is intended that the bulk of funding will be provided to local bodies and Devolved Administrations to contribute towards the capital investment required for the implementation of broadband infrastructure by suppliers. This is an important lever that BDUK has to encourage local bodies to work within the national approach. Local bodies are expected to source additional public funds to compliment this, including accessing EU funding and other local funding. Funding is discussed further in section 14.