The Government wants to have nationwide gigabit-capable broadband as soon as possible. While great progress is being made, the Government is aware it needs to help in the parts of the country that are not commercially viable.
Five billion pounds was committed in the 2020 budget to ensure that all areas of the UK can benefit equally. The funding will be spent through a range of projects known as the UK Gigabit Programme. As part of this, Building Digital UK (BDUK) will fund contracts for suppliers to deliver gigabit-capable wholesale infrastructure to the hardest to reach areas.
This only impacts a small area in Richmondshire (around Croft and out towards Ravensworth).
An Open Market Review (OMR) took place in April 2021. This OMR requested information from suppliers on their existing and planned broadband coverage over the next three years.
BDUK now want to check the information gathered through a Public Review process.
Stakeholders including the public, businesses, internet service providers and broadband infrastructure operators, are invited to provide feedback about the proposed eligible areas for government investment (intervention).
Suppliers who missed contributing to the earlier Open Market Review, or had no definitive plans and/or evidence base on which to support claims at that earlier stage, now have a final opportunity to notify BDUK before the procurement stage.
Further information is available on the Durham County Council website.