Programme Delivery Model
Broadband Delivery Programme
While the structure and constraints of an umbrella framework notification are determined with the European Commission, BDUK will seek to use a single notification for the earliest projects, and then develop a standard template for use by subsequent projects. This standard template should simplify the notification process, reducing the effort for the local body to complete and for the European Commission to approve. Additionally, each notification should act as precedent for the next.
BDUK will manage the State Aid notification process for local broadband projects within the Broadband Delivery Programme following a standard approach within the guidelines set by BDUK. This will still include a number of activities to be conducted by a local body:
Identifying and confirming local demand for broadband;
Consulting suppliers for their intervention plans in the area; and
Improving the accuracy of the BDUK modelling of white/grey/black areas12.
Local bodies combining a local broadband project with a procurement for a public sector enterprise network should seek advice from BDUK about how the project might need to be designed to ensure that State Aid risks for this approach can be managed.
The definition of 'white', 'grey' and 'black' areas can be found at 22.214.171.124, 2 & 3, paragraphs 41–46 of the guidelines referred to in paragraph 13.8.1