Don't recall any part of the USO saying there won't be more public money to go further.
In the pdf document found on this link
. If I quote a few paragraphs from it, as I read them, it definitely signposts this is the intent. And given BT have stated it would cost them $2bn to achieve a 10Mb USO given the 'right regulatory framework' which is about OFCOM regulation not to do with receiving public funds.
Phase 2 of the [BDUK] programme aims to extend superfast to 95 percent of the UK by December 2017, and this is being delivered through 47 local projects.
So getting to 95% as a result of BDUK Phase 2.
Without further intervention however there will still be significant numbers of homes and businesses whose access to high-speed broadband will lag behind the majority. One-off interventions do not allow for speed increases and changes in consumer expectations over time, and so a further roll-out programme similar in design to those already undertaken by Government would not address the problem in a sustainable way in the long term.
So this suggests further intervention is needed, they want see solutions which have a migration path to ultrafast +100Mb speeds.
We believe that, for those premises that will not have been reached by commercial investment or by the Government’s interventions by the end of the current planned programmes, the time has come for a demand-led approach.
After BDUK Phase 2, the final 5% (as above Phase 2 will reach 95% superfast coverage) will not be provided for in the same en-mass style as seen in BDUK Phase 1 and 2. It will be demand led.
Which of course will see the easy to reach locations dealt with first.
Given the high costs of providing broadband access to premises in remote areas it is right that this is done on request, rather than rolling it out and waiting to see if people in those areas want to be connected.
Well kind of Yes, but will that be enforced in some way? That is going to be difficult to police.
So if 10 properties in a village of 20 ask for this, versus 10 properties in a cluster of properties in a town of 10000, which one is seen to have generated the 'larger demand'?
We know from the various interventions that the Government has made to date that it is unlikely that everyone will want to be connected, even if that option is made available to them, and so we do not believe that an additional broadband roll-out programme at this time is proportionate or would represent value for money.
And there you have it, although it states intervention is required in the earlier quotes, there will be no roll-out programme.
I take that to mean there is no Phase 3 at all. I guess if I squint at this I could admit it allows for public money to be used as a part of the demand led approach but the wording certainly seems not to favour that at all.
And in this demand led approach, what does that mean for the people in each LA running the BDUK scheme? They will have no role in this phase? How will people with the demand be matched with potential suppliers? Will UK.gov be enabling that match making?
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