Broadband Summit 3 - Update on Progress

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Cllr Graham Powell, from Herefordshire Council, brings us up to date with progress made on the Broadband rollout since February.

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  • Broadband Summit 3 - Update on Progress

    1. 1. Broadband Update – what’s happened since February 2011? Graham Powell 2 nd December 2011
    2. 2. <ul><li>Since 11 th February… </li></ul><ul><li>My life has changed quite a bit…for the better? </li></ul><ul><li>We have… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Revised the ambitions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Created a dedicated Borders Broadband Project Team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commenced the tender process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Held a series of Village Hall/Parish Council meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engaged with Herefordshire Business Board </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recruited around 150 Broadband Champions across two counties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Survey, Residential & Business </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>The Project </li></ul><ul><li>Gap Funding private sector to develop Next Generation Access (NGA) Broadband infrastructure & lease it to ISPs on a wholesale basis </li></ul><ul><li>Allowing a range of retail ISPs to deliver Broadband to those who want it </li></ul><ul><li>We asked for… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunity to access Universal Service Commitment (2Mbps) in all eligible areas of rural Herefordshire & Gloucestershire </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunity to access NGA to all eligible areas of rural Herefordshire & Gloucestershire </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Additional Legal & Commercial Support   <ul><li>REDC </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interim Commercial Manager </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ashfords </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bespoke Legal Support </li></ul></ul><ul><li>BDUK (Funding Partners) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ad hoc Legal, Technical & Commercial advice </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Analysis Mason </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Value for money </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Area Size Km2 Population Residential Premises Registered Business Population Business Premises Phase 1 1,298 124,900 57,592 6,125 4,038 Phase 2 3,484 354,000 158,926 18,662 13,205 Total 4,782 478,900 216,518 24,787 17,243
    6. 7. <ul><li>The Dialogue </li></ul><ul><li>“ A Spectrum of Solutions ” </li></ul><ul><li>What will it cover…. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reach; Finance; Capability; Deployment; Quality of Service (QOS) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Future Proofing; All Technical Details </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Business Support – Demand Stimulation </li></ul>
    7. 8. The Rural Challenge <ul><li>Limited range of Market Players </li></ul><ul><li>Capacity of the sector to deal with multiple projects </li></ul><ul><li>Most counties have BDUK money – being a pilot is a definite plus </li></ul><ul><li>Business Case </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Low population density </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low anticipated demand for NGA services – 20% </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Arbitrary coverage ambitions rather than demand based roll out – BDUK + Council fill the gap </li></ul>
    8. 9. What are we looking to achieve? <ul><li>To start in The Phase 1 area </li></ul><ul><li>To make Broadband speeds in excess of 2Mb/s available to everyone before 2015 </li></ul><ul><li>To work with communities to avoid creating a digital divide </li></ul><ul><li>To focus NGA roll out on business sites – we have to protect current jobs and create new jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Stimulate demand for NGA </li></ul><ul><li>To deliver NGA to everyone who wants it by 2018 </li></ul>
    9. 10. A Mobile Opportunity? <ul><li>Vodafone are looking for a dozen sites nationally to conduct a WiFi/3G experiment </li></ul><ul><li>Looking for a community of around 1000 people, no mobile coverage, a minimum of 1Mb/s Broadband </li></ul><ul><li>Build a mobile network using open-femtocells – Vodafone Sure Signal </li></ul><ul><li>Working with Jesse ’ s office and the Broadband Team to make an application </li></ul>
    10. 11. Defra Fund <ul><li>Recognises the need for NGA Broadband in rural areas </li></ul><ul><li>£20M available from Rural Development Program for England (RDPE) & BDUK </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on communities in most rural 10% looking for NGA wholesale </li></ul><ul><li>50% match funding from private sector or community </li></ul><ul><li>Expression of interest by end of January 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>Full application April/May – Approval June/July </li></ul><ul><li>Herefordshire in a good position – will have data/evidence; will be able to work with a selected contractor </li></ul><ul><li>Details on Defra website </li></ul>

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