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state aid

All of the local broadband projects under the rural broadband programme will be subsidised to varying extents by funding from DCMS, as well as other UK and potentially EU public sources. In almost all cases the funding for these local broadband projects will give rise to State aid. Before these projects can be implemented and broadband rolled out State aid clearance must be obtained from the European Commission.

We decided, with encouragement from the European Commission, to put in place an umbrella scheme for the benefit of all local broadband projects and have received State Aid clearance.

Local bodies can apply to BDUK directly for confirmation that their local broadband projects comply with the terms of the umbrella scheme and are therefore State aid compliant. BDUK has prepared guidance on this process for local bodies and a template which local bodies must complete when applying for State aid approval from BDUK. A timetable of this process, including the work to be undertaken by local bodies, prior to seeking approval from BDUK is also available.

An important part of this operation of the umbrella scheme will be transparency of the scheme itself, projects funded under it, and the rules to which local bodies and successful suppliers will be subject.

BDUK intends to publish  relevant information for local bodies and suppliers via this website, to help those bidding to deliver local broadband projects and those looking to access the new infrastructure once rolled out.

If you have any questions about the umbrella aid scheme, which is known as the National Broadband Scheme for the UK, please contact us: stateaidforbroadband@culture.gsi.gov.uk

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