Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) has been created within DCMS as a delivery vehicle for the Government’s policies on broadband, reporting to Ed Vaizey as the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries. The BDUK team brings together a mixture of skills from the public and private sector and is currently based within the BIS offices at 1 Victoria Street, London.
Chief Executive of BDUK – Robert Sullivan
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.
BDUK’s goals include facilitating the delivery of universal broadband and stimulating private sector investment to deliver the best super-fast broadband network in Europe by 2015.
To achieve these objectives the Department for Culture, Media and Sport have agreed 3 business aims:
- Create a level playing field between incumbents and new providers
- Open up access to infrastructure to facilitate super-fast broadband in many areas
- Facilitate the introduction of super-fast broadband in remote areas at the same time as in more populated areas
Further information can be found in the DCMS Business Plan.
“…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.