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State Aid Public Consultation - NOW CLOSED

The Superfast Staffordshire Project is aiming to extend the availability of Superfast Broadband across the County of Staffordshire

Staffordshire County Council conducted its most recent public consultation between 31st October 2014 and 2nd December 2014 as a precursor to the selection of British Telecommunications (BT) on 1st April 2015 for its Phase 2 project under the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme to deliver Superfast Broadband to the defined intervention area with State aid approved public finding of £3.36m. This followed the award of the Phase 1 project to BT on 23rd May 2013 with State aid approved public funding of £14.88m.

The contracts with BT included provisions to ensure that the full amount of the public funding is deployed, and that in the event that take-up of superfast broadband services exceeds forecasts in the contract, then the amount of public subsidy required would subsequently be reduced to reflect this. Any funds released are then available to be reinvested into further coverage of Superfast Broadband under the terms of the contracts.

In August 2015, BT announced that take-up across the UK was likely to exceed the forecast level of 20%. To date, BT has made available up to £129m across the UK to meet the contractual obligations outlined above. Staffordshire County Council has received an initial allocation of £2.4m and intends to reinvest this in further coverage as part of the current contracts.

The purpose of this public consultation is to confirm the areas which do not have Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband infrastructure delivering at least 30Mbps, or where there are no plans to provide such infrastructure over the next three years. These are described as "white NGA areas". This is to enable all interested stakeholders - the public, businesses and telecommunications providers - to comment on the proposed white NGA areas before further coverage is committed.

Staffordshire County Council will then submit its final proposals for the NGA white area, taking account of the outcome of the public consultation, to BDUK's National Competence Centre for clearance.

Timescales

This State Aid public consultation will be open and run for one calendar month until Monday 9th May 2016.

Once the State aid public consultation is complete and the white NGA areas have been finalised by the Staffordshire County Council, a change will be agreed by the local body and BT to deliver the extended Superfast Broadband Coverage.

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