Programme Delivery Model
Broadband Delivery Programme
The Local Broadband Plan should cover the whole area that the local body is responsible for. However there does not need to be the same level of detail in the plan for the whole of the area. It is acceptable to have a phased plan with greater detail for the first phase and a timeline for developing the detail for subsequent phases.
Where the Local Broadband Plan mentions the potential for public service transformation related to the broadband infrastructure investment, it will need to be clear about the current plans for transformation and the support within the local body for this.
The plan does not need to contain specific details of the technologies that may be used or the sourcing strategy for each of any later phases in order to bid for BDUK funding. It would however need to set out the overall delivery approach.
Local broadband projects
The Local Broadband Plan should identify that there are one or more projects that the local body will undertake. A project should be supported by an outline business case. (Some of the material in the Local Broadband Plan and outline business case will overlap and it will be sufficient to provide cross references, or for a local body to combine them into a single document as appropriate).
Local bodies should consider at an early stage in the development of a Local Broadband Plan the optimum size of a project, and whether adjacent local bodies should be involved. The optimum size of a project will be influenced by:
The extent of local collaboration achievable, where local bodies will need to work to an agreed timetable, and be capable of agreeing an effective project governance structure;
Potential economies of scale in the delivery of broadband solutions;
The likely „transaction‟ costs for both the public sector and bidders in progressing procurements, relative to the value of investment required. Smaller and more numerous procurements are likely to cost more overall, and disincentivise suppliers from bidding;
Geographical distribution of the targeted business and residential consumers, including authority boundaries;
Local body funding and the level and skills of available resources;
The ability to create a well competed procurement for a commercially sustainable solution; and
Devolved Administrations will manage the co-ordination of local bodies in their areas in accordance with individual strategies for the development of broadband infrastructure in their nations.
The Local Broadband Plan should set out the commercial model that the local body wants to take to investment. Further details of potential models are set out in Section 13.3.
The local body should develop an outline procurement or sourcing strategy as part of its Local Broadband Plan. Once a project is selected a more detailed strategy can be completed. BDUK‟s approach to procurement and sourcing is set out in section 13. Local
bodies should consider engaging with potentially interested suppliers whilst the Local Broadband Plan is under development, i.e. prior to the commencement of any procurement process. Local bodies should ensure that any such engagement is consistent with public regulations to ensure an open and fair procurement.