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Broadband Delivery UK


“…Our goal is simple: within this parliament we want Britain to have the best superfast broadband network in Europe.”

Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, 8th June 2010

Increasing access to broadband for households, business and communities in poorly served areas across the UK is a key policy focus for the Coalition Government.

This includes Universal Service Commitment to bring connectivity to those areas still without a basic level of broadband access.

Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) has been created within BIS as a delivery vehicle for these policies, reporting to Ed Vaizey (as a joint DCMS & BIS minister).

BDUK currently has four primary goals:

1. To ensure delivery of the 2Mbps Universal Service Commitment within the lifetime of this parliament (2015).

2. To ensure this country has the best superfast broadband in Europe by the end of this parliament (2015).

3. To ensure the efficient use of funding to deliver Universal Service Commitment and Superfast Broadband.

4. To assist other Government initiatives which are dependent upon customers ability to access Broadband based services.

To achieve these goals, BDUK is engaging with a wide range of stakeholders (including the ‘industry’, public sector bodies, OFCOM, regional bodies and community groups) to:

  • Develop the commercial models that will be used for implementing the Universal Service Commitment
  • Agree the minimum service specification required to achieve the policy objectives of the Universal Service Commitment
  • Plan the deployment of the Superfast Broadband pilots to ensure that the maximum information is gained for targeting potential future government intervention
  • Investigate the detail of reuse of public sector networks and assets, identify the challenges and develop solutions

Superfast Broadband

“…When it comes to superfast broadband, there is no question that the market must lead the way…”

Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, 15th July 2010

The government has set the objective of the UK having the best superfast broadband network by the end of the parliament. Companies such as BT and Virgin are already rolling out superfast broadband across the UK, and government policy is that the first step to the best superfast network in Europe is to make regulatory changes that will bring down the cost of rollout.

There are a number of initiatives being taken forward within Government on regulatory change (e.g. BIS consultation on access to utilities infrastructure), and BDUK is supporting and inputting into these efforts.

Universal Service Commitment

“… so, while we will keep working towards that date, we have set ourselves a more realistic target of achieving universal 2 Mbps access within the lifetime of this Parliament…”

Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, 15th July 2010

Typically (though not always), the reason for slow broadband (or none at all) over a fixed telephone line is the length of the wire from the house or business to the telephone exchange – the longer the wire the slower the speed, to a point where the broadband service will not work at all. This can be termed a ‘not spot’.

The Universal Service Commitment is a policy designed to bring connectivity to those areas still without a basic level of broadband access. These are primarily rural areas, but there are a significant minority of suburban and urban broadband ‘not spots’.

The government is making money available from the under-spend of the TV Digital Switchover Help Scheme to try and address these problems. BDUK is responsible for using the money available in the best way possible, and is currently developing the commercial and delivery models required to do this.

Market Testing Projects

“Our aim is to use these [Rural Market Testing Projects] to discover exactly what needs to be done to make superfast broadband commercially viable in rural communities as well as urban areas, and to understand what kind of Government support will be necessary.”

Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, 15th July

The first step in understanding how government may invest in extending superfast broadband beyond where the private sector will get to will be the running of 3 market testing projects in rural areas. The information from these projects, in addition to initiatives that are already going on across the country, will be used to better target possible government intervention and investment in ‘superfast broadband’ in the future.

BDUK will be the body responsible for the delivery of these projects, and is currently undertaking a process to decide on the areas in which these projects will be run. For more details of this process, please see the presentation from our industry day, particularly slides 66 & 67.

Industry Day

“Tell us exactly what you believe needs to be done to make investing in superfast broadband cheaper and more attractive, and to speed up the roll out of next generation access nationwide. We will be happy to listen. And we will be happy to consider the action that you want.”

Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, 15th July

BDUK held an industry day on the 15th July, with attendees from organisations across industry with the skills, capabilities and assets that can help deliver the best superfast broadband network in Europe. See video highlights from the day and read the slides.

Media enquiries

Simon Oliver
Press Officer, Department of Culture, Media and Sport
020 7211 6269

simon.oliver@culture.gsi.gov.uk

New Head of BDUK - Robert Sullivan

Adrian Kamellard has stepped down as interim Chief Exec of BDUK as he has been asked to lead the contract renegotiations process in the newly formed Efficiency and Reform Group in the Cabinet Office. He has been replaced by Robert Sullivan, who is now head of BDUK.

Robert has been a Senior Civil Servant for over 10 years. He was previously Director of the Office for Life Sciences in BIS. Before this he was Director Manufacturing, with national policy responsibility for the Manufacturing Advisory Service. As Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Transport he provided policy advice on road and rail infrastructure projects - including road pricing and crossrail. At QinetiQ Plc he led the EU contract research programme across civil aerospace, energy, and communications technology. At the MOD he was responsible for investment appraisal of the fixed wing and C4ISTAR equipment programmes.

Email BDUK: enquiries@bduk.bis.gsi.gov.uk

Broadband Delivery UK

“…Our goal is simple: within this parliament we want Britain to have the best superfast broadband network in Europe.”