To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made on (a) West Worcestershire rural broadband projects numbers 50348, 47608 and 35185 and (b) vouchers requested but not issued to broadband projects in West Worcestershire.
21 December 2021
The three specific projects referred to are associated with Openreach’s Community Fibre Partnership (CFP) Scheme which they operate all over the UK. Openreach use this scheme as an aggregation platform to gather initial contact details and ‘pledges’ (in their terminology) for communities who want to improve their broadband. Since the launch of the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS) in 2018, Openreach has encouraged communities in eligible areas to use the voucher funding provided by the Government to contribute towards the cost of installing the network to rural communities.
Openreach have provided proposals for these three projects to Building Digital UK (BDUK), who are working closely with Openreach to progress them as soon as possible. Upon receipt in each case, the details of the project, including the beneficiaries involved and funding information, are reviewed by BDUK to confirm these are all correct and the project is compliant. Once these checks have been satisfactorily completed the vouchers will be issued.