Department for Culture Media and Sport
Local authorities at County and Unitary level in England have the responsibility for taking forward projects to deliver improved broadband in their areas under the government’s Rural Broadband programme, with each area's programme set out in a local broadband plan. The Devolved Administrations are taking the lead in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Over 50 per cent of projects have signed contracts or are in procurement.
BDUK has developed a broadband delivery framework for use by the local authorities. The framework contract was signed by DCMS and the suppliers BT and Fujitsu on 29 June 2012.
It is anticipated that most projects entering into procurement in 2012 will use the framework. As part of the Broadband Framework Agreement, local authorities must take account of the European Commission’s state aid and competition regulations. BDUK received approval for its umbrella state aid notification for all call-off contracts from the Commission on 20 November 2012, which should significantly reduce the risk of extended timescales for achieving clearance on individual projects.