Home
 » ISP News » 
Sponsored

BDUK to Review UK Council Compliance with Broadband Coverage Data

Thursday, June 19th, 2014 (4:30 pm) - Score 664

Too little, too late? The boss of the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme, Christopher Townsend, has promised to review which local authorities have so far failed to publish detailed coverage maps and related data down to the 7-digit postcode level, which is often needed by smaller ISPs to help them secure state aid funding.

Over the past year BT and many of the 44 local authorities involved in the BDUK scheme have been criticised for failing to publish detailed coverage maps and related data down to the 7-digit postcode level (here), with both sides often appearing to shift the blame between each other (e.g. issues of “commercial sensitivity” etc.). Never the less BDUK itself puts the ultimatel responsibility with councils and has repeatedly recommended that the data be published (here).

The data itself not only provides locals in each community with a greater level of detail and expected coverage, but it also helps smaller ISPs to identify whether or not their own schemes might conflict with the BT / BDUK roll-out (under state aid rules next gen broadband projects that overbuild aren’t likely to secure any public funding).

Christopher Townsend said (Computer Weekly):

We are encouraging all projects to publish seven-digit postcode data but it is down to local authorities. I am aiming to conduct a review this month to see who is doing it and who is not.”

It’s unclear whether the results of Townsend’s review will be made public or indeed what, if any, impact it might have. However it’s worth noting that, over the past few months, the £20m Rural Community Broadband Fund (RCBF), which many smaller altnet ISPs were originally seeking funding from, seems to have increasingly been absorbed into local BDUK schemes. All this begs the question, if any change does come then will it be too late to make a difference?

Meanwhile BT frequently points out that such roll-out plans are very dynamic / tentative and subject to change due to developments on the ground, which means that related data can’t be considered 100% reliable until the project has finished. But by then many of the altnets, after waiting potentially years for a slice of the pie, might well have given up.

Leave a Comment
2 Responses
  1. Avatar DTMark says:

    I thought BDUK were required to centrally vet and approve all the schemes.

    Therefore if true, and if there are confidentiality agreements, BDUK will know – they sanctioned them.

    Or, there are no confidentiality agreements, in which case, rather than “review”, just issue a stipulation that LAs put the data on their websites, and then review compliancy with that in a week or two to make sure they have. Job done.

    1. Avatar Bob says:

      It is the usual buck passing. In general the rollout information for the BDUK programes is pathetically poor

Comments are closed.

Comments RSS Feed

Javascript must be enabled to post (most browsers do this automatically)

Privacy Notice: Please note that news comments are anonymous, which means that we do NOT require you to enter any real personal details to post a message. By clicking to submit a post you agree to storing your comment content, display name, IP, email and / or website details in our database, for as long as the post remains live.

Only the submitted name and comment will be displayed in public, while the rest will be kept private (we will never share this outside of ISPreview, regardless of whether the data is real or fake). This comment system uses submitted IP, email and website address data to spot abuse and spammers. All data is transferred via an encrypted (https secure) session.

NOTE 1: Sometimes your comment might not appear immediately due to site cache (this is cleared every few hours) or it may be caught by automated moderation / anti-spam.

NOTE 2: Comments that break our rules, spam, troll or post via known fake IP/proxy servers may be blocked or removed.
Cheapest Superfast ISPs
  • Hyperoptic £22.00
    Avg. Speed 50Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
  • Onestream £22.49 (*29.99)
    Avg. Speed 45Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
  • xln telecom £22.74 (*47.94)
    Avg. Speed 66Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
  • Plusnet £22.99 (*35.98)
    Avg. Speed 36Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: £60 Reward Card
  • Vodafone £23.00
    Avg. Speed 35Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
Prices inc. Line Rental | View All
The Top 20 Category Tags
  1. BT (2769)
  2. FTTP (2757)
  3. FTTC (1785)
  4. Building Digital UK (1743)
  5. Politics (1667)
  6. Openreach (1622)
  7. Business (1435)
  8. FTTH (1340)
  9. Statistics (1241)
  10. Mobile Broadband (1228)
  11. Fibre Optic (1065)
  12. 4G (1058)
  13. Wireless Internet (1021)
  14. Ofcom Regulation (1015)
  15. Virgin Media (1006)
  16. EE (697)
  17. Vodafone (669)
  18. Sky Broadband (668)
  19. TalkTalk (663)
  20. 5G (518)
Promotion
Helpful ISP Guides and Tips
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
Sponsored

Copyright © 1999 to Present - ISPreview.co.uk - All Rights Reserved - Terms , Privacy and Cookie Policy , Links , Website Rules , Contact