The County Council is consulting on the proposed Intervention Area for the Superfast Northamptonshire project ahead of further measures involving the investment of public funds. The public consultation is particularly aimed at telecoms suppliers currently operating in the county or with future plans to roll out Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband networks in the county. The consultation is open until 30th November 2020.
State Aid Public Consultation
This public consultation seeks views from interested telecoms providers and other stakeholders on the proposed Intervention Area ('White areas') for measures to extend NGA broadband networks (fibre based) being taken forward through the Superfast Northamptonshire project. The White areas are where the County Council believes there are no commercial telecoms plans for superfast broadband supporting line speeds of at least 30Mbps (download) and where public funding is needed to bring forward network solutions.
The maps provided in the consultation are informed by the outcome of an Open Market Review undertaken by the County Council in Summer 2019. Telecoms providers were invited to confirm their existing and planned commercial coverage in the county, looking ahead three years - such coverage being defined as Basic Broadband or NGA depending on the quality of technical standards met. NGA involves fibre optic based networks which are wired or fixed wireless access and are capable of higher throughput than traditional copper networks.
You can find out more about how the Intervention Area is determined in the 'Identifying Where Public Investment is Needed' section on the Progress Overview page.
Responses to the State Aid Public Consultation
The County Council is inviting telecoms suppliers and other stakeholders to review the proposed Intervention Area maps and coverage data and advise on any changes required. The deadline for responses is midday on 30th November 2020.
The 'White' areas on the NGA map comprise the proposed eligible Intervention Area for further measures to be progressed through the Superfast Northamptonshire project. All measures are compliant with the European Commission decision on a National Broadband Scheme for the UK (2016). This forms part of the regulatory framework governing how public funding can be invested in broadband networks. The maps can be viewed below.