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Derbyshire reinvestment public consultation September 2016

This public consultation is now closed.

The Digital Derbyshire project is aiming to extend the availability of superfast broadband across Derbyshire.

We conducted our most recent public consultation between 5 September 2014 and 5 October 2014 as a precursor to the selection of British Telecommunications (BT) on 27 April 2015 for our Phase 2 project under the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme to deliver superfast broadband to the defined intervention area with State Aid approved public funding of £4.38m. This followed the award of the Phase 1 project to BT on 9 August 2013 with State Aid approved public funding of £14.78m.

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 contracts, 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. We have received an initial allocation of £2.41m and intend 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.

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

If you have any questions, please email: with the subject "Digital Derbyshire Reinvestment Public Consultation".

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