We are working with Central Bedfordshire, Luton Borough and Milton Keynes Councils to deliver superfast broadband infrastructure across the area. As a partnership we are working together on a Central Superfast broadband deployment project that seeks delivery of superfast broadband to as close to 100% of homes and business premises as possible, by 2020.
Delivering faster broadband in line with our vision, has the strong support of the people and businesses in the Central Superfast area and delivering on this vision supports a key part of the government’s long-term economic plan to secure Britain’s future by providing better access to superfast broadband, and the benefits this can bring to residents and businesses.
Delivering the vision
To deliver the vision, the local partners, working with Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), are seeking to make further investment to extend superfast broadband infrastructure.
A competitive process will be undertaken to procure a commercial wholesale broadband network supplier for installation and operation of the required infrastructure. This will be based on a gap funded model, with the successful supplier co-investing in the project.
Procurement process and Open Market Review
This procurement process and investment of public funds will be undertaken in accordance with the 2016 National Broadband Scheme for the UK State Aid agreement negotiated with the European Commission,.
As part of this new procurement process, we are now commencing an Open Market Review (OMR) to establish existing and planned (next 3 years) commercial coverage of broadband services across the Central Superfast Area by all existing and any prospective, NGA broadband infrastructure providers.
This OMR is intended as a precursor to a formal public consultation document. The UK applies a best practice process that promotes the use of both an Open Market Review (OMR) and a public consultation, the latter being conducted in a manner consistent with the requirements of the broadband guidelines.
We consider that early market engagement at this stage is an essential and extremely important part of our early market research. The results of the OMR will assist us with understanding the broadband infrastructure (Next Generation Access) already in place and where there are plans for investment in such infrastructure in the coming three years and a significant step in the design of the intervention area to be targeted by the new contract.
Once we have defined these Intervention Areas from the OMR, we will be conducting a minimum one month state aid public consultation on our proposed Intervention Areas.
We propose to launch our ITT in the financial year 2016/17.