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Broadband: Rural Areas

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 164473, tabled on 8 March 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether BDUK contracts for Rural Broadband coverage stipulate that all premises in a region will be covered by that programme.

Answered on

12 March 2021

The contracts for rural broadband coverage form part of the Department’s supply side interventions managed through Building Digital UK. Stringent planning activity through open market reviews and public reviews set out which premises within a region are able to be targeted as part of a procurement process, setting out an intervention area. If a premise is already served it will not be within scope. It is the subsequent public procurement process that broadband infrastructure providers respond to that confirms which premises within the stipulated intervention area can be modelled and delivered to.