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Government Approves Two More UK Superfast Broadband Rollout Plans

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 (1:22 pm) - Score 845

The UK governments Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt MP, appears to have confirmed to this week’s annual reception of the All-Party Parliamentary Media Group (APPMG) that he has now approved a further 2 local authorities that failed to get their Local Broadband Plans (LBP) done before the original deadline in April.

Simon Perry, whom works on the Isle of Wight news site VentnorBlog.com, attended last night’s event and today informed ISPreview.co.uk that Hunt had just signed off two of the delayed LBP’s. This appears to stack with what another attendee, whom wishes to remain anonymous, told us last night.

Newly Approved UK Local Broadband Plans

* Essex, Southend-On-Sea, Thurrock
Allocated BDUK Funding: £6,460,000

* Newcastle upon Tyne
Allocated BDUK Funding: £970,000

Back in May 2012 the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) confirmed that 76.6% of local authority projects had been given the green light to proceed (36 out of 47 approved), which left 11 others either having failed to submit their plans on time or simply refusing to take part (e.g. some felt they could reach the target without state aid).

The majority of plans aim to make superfast broadband (24-30Mbps+) services available to 90% of people in each UK local authority area by the middle of 2015 (the last 10% only get a “commitment” for speeds of at least 2Mbps).

At the time of writing the government has yet to update its spreadsheet to reflect this week’s change, which is fairly normal as they usually only make such updates at the time of a big announcement and not to reflect individual changes as they happen.

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15 Responses
  1. Avatar SlowSomerset says:

    So when are we going to Somersets plans ?.

  2. Avatar Sheffield Owl says:

    £6.4 million for the south,970k for the north,sound familiar.

  3. Avatar Deduction says:

    Hmm yeah if you believe BT and the government those figures in theory (and i live down south) should be the other way around. BT are always banging on about costs to hook up smaller communities and rolling hilly landscapes, so god knows why they are spending less.

    Population wise Essex and Newcastle are seem similar also, and while my checking didnt go beyond that i assume Essex is more densely packed of the 2 thus should be easier and cheaper to do?

    Oh well nothing shocks me with the broadband funding shambles anymore.

  4. Avatar SlowSomerset says:

    So how or when are we going to see these plans that have been submited ? and why are they being kept so secret.

  5. Avatar wirelesspacman says:

    “i assume Essex is more densely packed of the 2”

    Last time I looked, Essex was a county and Newcastle a city! 🙂

    1. Avatar New_Londoner says:

      Quote “Population wise Essex and Newcastle are seem similar also”


      Population of Essex? Over 1.7 million
      Population of Newcastle? Around 275,000.

      Approx spend per head within their new UK Local Broadband Plans?

      Essex – £3.8
      Newcastle – £3.53

      Given Essex contains much more rural areas that the city of Newcastle, this seems like a pretty good deal for the City compared to the deal struck for Essex.

  6. Mark Jackson Mark Jackson says:

    Some councils make the LBP’s available through their websites, although in my experience they’re often very difficult to find; especially if the council sticks them in a generic corner of the site where ordinary searches aren’t much use.

  7. Avatar Deduction says:

    @Newlondoner The 200,000 odd figure for newcastle you quoted is only for the metropolitan area (its actually 295,000). Not the entire tyne and wear area. (if you include that it again equates in the millions)
    The 1.7 million figure you have quoted for essex is for the entire county of essex NOT just the thurrock and southend-on-sea areas this item clearly concerns, and those figures are found here…
    Southend on sea is about another 150,000 though ive lost that link for the moment.
    Much more accurate than wikipedia 😉

    It does equate to not much difference population wise.

    1. Avatar New_Londoner says:

      You’re absolutely right that the figure I’ve quoted is for the whoe of the county of Essex. I note that the story refers to “Essex, Southend-On-Sea, Thurrock”, which I believe refers to the areas covered by the county council (the “Essex” bit) and two unitary authorities (the “Southend-On-Sea, Thurrock” bit). In other words, the whole of the county!

      So the stat I provided for the population of the county of Essex is the one that I believe is relevant, rather that the population for the two unitary authorities that you mention.

  8. Avatar Deduction says:

    Nah its not for the whole of Essex, other areas in Essex have their own schemes and funding projects going on, including even wireless schemes. Its purely for the areas listed.

    1. Avatar New_Londoner says:

      I’m sure you must be right, even though it says “Essex, Southend-On-Sea, Thurrock”, naming all three authorities, does not say “Southend-On-Sea, Thurrock”. How very odd!

  9. Avatar Deduction says:

    Indeed in Essex they have various South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) broadband projects along with a funded wireless carrier…

    There are various schemes and projects across Essex (Im pretty sure ive been over that before).

    Badly worded perhaps? Then again its government related so no shock 😉

    1. Avatar Deduction says:

      NOTE only mention that provider as its one of the few in Essex that mention tendering process etc.

    2. Avatar New_Londoner says:

      Agree with you about the tendering process. Odd that Essex seems to have awarded a lot of money without apparently going through a tender process. I thought that was an EU requirement to make sure us poor taxpayers had a chance of getting value for money. How is Essex exempt from state aid rules I wonder?

  10. Avatar Deduction says:

    Couldnt answer that im sorry to say. Where government regulation is concerned though, im sure its full of contradictions, loop holes and similar 😉

    Half the time i imagine its where a local borough council cry until the county council for the area caves in and just gives them the money. Well not quite that simple but what it more than likely equates.

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