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Public consultation outcome

November 7, 2016 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council’s Public Consultation to determine the State Aid classifications for its Phase 2b procurement closed on 5th September 2016.

To find out more about the outcome of the consultation, go to: http://connectingshropshire.co.uk/public-consultation-outcome/

Connecting Shropshire endorses alternate solutions for faster broadband

September 21, 2016 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Eligible homes and businesses in Shropshire have access to a subsidised broadband installation. The Scheme is part of Shropshire Council’s Connecting Shropshire programme and is supported by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK).

The Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme subsidises by up to £400 the cost of installing a better broadband connection using alternative technologies such as fixed wireless, mobile 4G or satellite.

Shropshire residents are eligible if their home or business does not have access to a basic broadband service with a download speed of more than 2Mbps.

Recipient of alternative broadband solution in rural Shropshire in front of green trees on a sunny day with their wireless broadband service.

This dish provides access to fixed wireless broadband with download speeds of up to 30Mbps

Since January 2016 Connecting Shropshire have issued 313 Subsidy Codes to Shropshire Council residents whose premises receive less than 2Mbps.

Successful applicants use their Subsidy Code to order a subsidised connection from an approved supplier, but they still need to pay the monthly cost, which starts at around £25 per month.

Steve Charmley, Deputy Leader of Shropshire Council and member responsible for broadband, said:  “While Connecting Shropshire have already delivered fibre broadband to over 54,000 premises, we recognise that there are those who are still receiving less than 2Mbps who need better broadband now, ahead of us undertaking our next procurement which is imminent.
The main aim for Connecting Shropshire is to bring faster broadband speeds to as many Shropshire Council residents and businesses as possible whether it be through fibre broadband or alternative solutions.
There are many alternative broadband services available and the Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme makes them more accessible to more Shropshire residents.”

Successful applicant to the Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme, John Duffus said: “We’ve had our new broadband connected and it’s absolutely brilliant. 15Mbps download speed now compared to 2.5Mbps at best before. We can stream and surf to our hearts content! Many, many thanks for your help and identifying this for us.”

Chris Taylor, of Connecting Shropshire, said: “Connecting Shropshire is committed to providing superfast broadband across Shropshire but due to the rural nature of the county this is not a solution that can be achieved overnight. The Subsidy Scheme offers a realistic solution for some hard-to-reach homes and businesses and could make a real difference to their connectivity.”

The Government has committed to giving access to 2Mbps download speed (a basic broadband service) to every premise in the UK. To date, Connecting Shropshire have brought fibre broadband to over 54,000 homes and businesses across the Shropshire Council area.

Shropshire Council recognise the opportunity for digital communities and remain committed to its broadband aspiration to provide all premises with access to superfast broadband by 2020.

Additional information

The public consultation is now closed

August 5, 2016 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The Connecting Shropshire programme is striving to extend the availability of NGA (Next Generation Access) broadband infrastructure to meet the Government’s target for 95% of the UK to have access to superfast broadband speeds by the end of 2017.

To achieve this, Shropshire Council intends to procure further coverage of NGA broadband infrastructure (capable of delivering download speeds of at least 30 Mbps) in the Council area where such broadband is currently unavailable. The key objective of the Connecting Shropshire Local Broadband Plan is to provide 100% coverage with NGA broadband infrastructure and for as many premises as possible to be able to have access to superfast broadband speeds.

Shropshire Council now intends to conduct a further open procurement for the remaining premises without NGA broadband infrastructure (known as “white NGA”), which comprises around 15,754 premises.

In July 2016, Shropshire Council conducted an Open Market review (OMR), consulting with prospective or current broadband infrastructure providers in the area, to establish any current and planned (next 3 years) commercial coverage of NGA services. The data gathered, in addition to the areas expected to be served through the Connecting Shropshire Phase 1 and Phase 2 deployment, have been used to redefine the scope of the eligible Intervention Area for the next stage of the programme.

The static maps show the areas with existing, planned or no coverage (of NGA broadband infrastructure capable of delivering download speeds of at least 30 Mbps), classed as black, grey or white for State Aid purposes. In addition, Connecting Shropshire has developed a dynamic map layer that attempts to show a more granular and accurate level of detail, see: Public Consultation NGA Dynamic Map 2016.

Any gaps in Next Generation Access (NGA) and Basic Broadband are shown on as yellow on the maps. In addition, some premises have been labelled as ‘Under Review’ and are shown on the NGA map as blue. These are in planned commercial coverage areas which will be subject to continued monitoring and verification of supplier plans over the 3 year period. In the event that these commercial plans fall away these premises will be mapped as white NGA and form part of the proposed intervention area and eligible for intervention via this aid measure.

The link below goes to a spreadsheet containing a list of postcodes where at least one premises is without Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband infrastructure (capable of delivering download speeds of at least 30 Mbps). These are defined as “white NGA” but are shown as yellow dots on the interactive and static maps.

The postcode list has been provided to reflect the most appropriate mapping methodology applied following supplier responses to the Open Market Review.

Shropshire Council is now conducting a one month State Aid Public Consultation on the proposed Intervention areas. This is an opportunity for the public, telecommunications providers, businesses and other stakeholders to comment on the Intervention Areas, ensuring that the Council’s representation of their commercial plans is correct.

Shropshire Council is requesting information and supporting evidence in relation to basic and NGA broadband infrastructure within the Shropshire Council area and wishes to hear from all relevant stakeholders (including residents and businesses as well as broadband infrastructure operators), particularly in relation to premises to be targeted as part of the NGA intervention area.

For the avoidance of doubt, there is no need to respond to this public consultation if you have no comment to make.

For residents and businesses, where this relates to the ability to receive an NGA service, any information provided in response to this State Aid public consultation should as a minimum include (but need not be limited to) the address of the property or locality that the submission relates to and the nature of the concern.

If the response is from an infrastructure provider and comments on the white, grey and/or black or ‘under review’ classifications within the attached maps or data, or on the wholesale products to be offered via the subsidised network, then the submission should also include the specific information set out in Section 8 and should be emailed to connecting.shropshire@shropshire.gov.uk

For all other submissions, please use the response form, which can be accessed via the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/connecting-shropshire-public-consultation

The public consultation will run up to 5 September 2016.

If you have any questions about any of the above, please contact Connecting Shropshire by email at: connecting.shropshire@shropshire.gov.uk.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/536767/2016_NBS_-State_Aid_Guidance_-NGA_Technology.pdf

Contract 3 – Airband

July 20, 2016 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Airband Community Internet Ltd has been appointed by Shropshire Council to deliver superfast broadband to around 14,000 homes and businesses in the Shropshire Council area over the next three years. For more information, go to: http://connectingshropshire.co.uk/contract-3-airband/

Make the switch

July 19, 2016 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The Connecting Shropshire programme is progressing well, with around 60,000 homes and businesses already able to access faster broadband from the network that we’ve installed. Visit: http://connectingshropshire.co.uk/when-and-where/ to find out about the availability of superfast broadband.

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