Connecting Cheshire update
Public Consultation — Phase 3
This will inform our further roll-out across Cheshire, there is a wish to map all the postcodes of areas currently receiving less than 30Mbps and ask suppliers to tell us of their plans for the next 3 years so we can ensure public funds are not spent in areas where commercial providers plan to roll-out faster broadband. No areas are excluded from this review.
However, as with all our previous roll-outs, we have to weigh up how we can invest to reach to most premises, within the confines of the existing network and within the cost cap set by government. Please respond to the consultation if you believe our data is incorrect. This consultation will shape our Phase 3 roll-out as a result of reinvested funds from a 'gainshare' arrangement with BT from our Phase 1 roll-out. We expect to finalise the scope of this roll-out in the autumn and commence delivery in autumn 2017. For more details see here.
Connecting Cheshire has recently submitted an outline application for an £11m project funded by the Partnership, European Regional Development Fund and Broadband Delivery UK. One strand of this project will focus on increasing speeds and coverage in the most challenging, rural areas. Alongside this there are plans for a business support project, connection vouchers for SMEs and improved connectivity between the sub-region's science parks. We are also talking with alternative broadband suppliers to see where wireless broadband can be used to reach the most remote rural areas, plus a government satellite subsidy scheme has been launched for premises receiving less than 2Mbps and can claim a subsidy towards the installation and hardware costs. See more here:
The government is also consulting on a 10Mbps universal service commitment for broadband providers which could result in further funding or obligation on ISPs to provide a minimum speed of 10Mbps.
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