Programme Delivery Model
Broadband Delivery Programme
The background of current and planned broadband provision including speeds, usage, residential/business split and the roll out of coverage;
Evidence of the need for broadband investment, including gap analysis and the identification of existing assets or services which could be leveraged (including assessment of the potential for the re-use of public sector enterprise networks);
The scope of the proposed local broadband project(s). This will include the project objectives, the identification of any constraints; the geographical area (including number of premises/postcodes); the number of local bodies involved; the phasing of a project/roll-out; and trade-offs between broadband speeds and coverage; and
The procurement strategy including the assessment of procurement and delivery options.
Value for money including:
Funding requirements for capital investment, including the proportion of contributions from other sources, e.g. funding from local bodies and the EU;
Funding structure including how funding will be used and consideration of who is best placed to own infrastructure assets; and
The commercial case including the proposed commercial model and the rationale for it.
Capacity to deliver including:
Project management, resourcing and funding of the project team and any other activities that need to take place in the development, procurement and management of a local broadband project;
Timetable for the development, procurement and the delivery of available broadband services to end-users; and
Monitoring and measurement of strategic benefits.
Advanced planning and stakeholder engagement including:
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Early market engagement, where undertaken; The level of involvement and commitment of stakeholders; and Existing and planned demand stimulation and registration activities.
Risk management including:
Assessment of key risks and planned mitigation activities.
It is expected that when a local body develops the Full Business Case for a local broadband project it will be able to demonstrate the following for BDUK to be able to issue a Funding Agreement Letter:
The project includes broadband coverage consistent with the objectives of the Broadband Delivery Programme and the Local Broadband Plan while meeting community needs;
that these will be refined over time as lessons are learned from early projects and the amount of other funds that the private sector are willing to invest becomes clearer.
The investment criteria that will be applied at the time of project selection will be based on an assessment by BDUK of a Local Broadband Plan in the following areas:
The strategic context of the Local Broadband Plan including:
The vision and strategic need for investment in broadband with the objectives of the Broadband Delivery Programme;