Stimulating investment in the UK‟s broadband infrastructure is a top priority. The Broadband Delivery Programme covers the delivery of the Government‟s investment and policy approach to bring forward network infrastructure upgrades and to improve the accessibility of services in locations where there is a weak commercial investment case. Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) has been created within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to be the delivery vehicle for the government‟s policies relating to stimulating private sector investment using the available funding.
The primary purpose of this document is to provide a high level description of the delivery arrangements under which BDUK will carry out its activities to achieve its objectives as part of the Broadband Delivery Programme. This document is intended to enable stakeholders to understand and, as appropriate, agree with BDUK‟s approach.
BDUK has five primary goals:
To support economic growth in the UK, including in rural areas;
To ensure this country has the best Superfast Broadband in Europe by the end of this parliament (2015);
To ensure delivery of Standard Broadband to virtually all communities in the UK within the lifetime of this parliament (2015);
To ensure the efficient use of funding to deliver Superfast Broadband and Standard Broadband; and
To assist other Government initiatives which are dependent upon customers ability to access Broadband based services.
Residents and businesses (i.e. end-users) will be the beneficiaries of the Broadband Delivery Programme. BDUK funding will be used to stimulate investment in broadband infrastructure to deliver a greater access speed (data throughput) and quality of connectivity resources available at a wholesale level in the „final third‟ of the UK. The market will be able to use these to help deliver the services demanded by end-users.
BDUK is responsible for the development and management of the overall approach to the delivery of projects. It acts as the conduit for the central Programme funds, development of any national approaches to sourcing, and the provision of support and guidance to local bodies. Local bodies are responsible for the development of Local Broadband Plans, the development and sourcing of individual projects, the involvement of local community groups, sourcing EU and local funding, and project delivery. The broadband policy team in DCMS is responsible for the development of the government‟s policy on broadband, creating a level playing field between incumbents and new providers, and the deregulation of access to infrastructure to facilitate Superfast Broadband. Devolved Administrations are responsible for determining the arrangements for developing and managing broadband initiatives in accordance with individual strategies for the development of broadband infrastructure in their nations which complement the work that is being done at a UK level.
The primary focus of BDUK is on stimulating private sector investment in the data transport and local access elements of the UK‟s broadband communications infrastructure in areas of the country that the private sector, by itself, will not deliver. Within this focus BDUK is seeking, through the development of local broadband projects by local bodies, to provide for outcomes in terms of the availability of wholesale broadband services. The contracts for broadband services to be let by local bodies with suppliers will provide for the capabilities in outcome terms (or equivalent) that suppliers are required to deliver for end-users.
Contracts are expected to include provision for Community Broadband Hubs where there is sufficient demand for them. A Hub is an infrastructure point within a community location