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Digital Durham 2018 consultation


We are carrying out a consultation to help us to identify areas that may be suitable for future public funding for superfast broadband.

Background

Digital Durham is working to provide superfast broadband in the council areas of County Durham, Gateshead, Sunderland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Tees Valley (Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees, Redcar and Cleveland). We work in partnership with Broadband Delivery (BDUK), which is part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Digital Durham contracts suppliers who receive public funding to provide superfast broadband in areas where it is either not available or included in any future commercial plans. Decisions on where this public funding can be spent are made following consultation and state aid approval. 

What are we asking about?

To ensure that we invest in the right areas, we will be carrying out a consultation in two stages.

Stage 1: consultation with broadband providers

During the first stage we are asking broadband providers to supply information on their existing coverage, in addition to plans for the next three years for both basic and superfast broadband. We will then use this information to draft a classification of supply in the area, and the table below shows how this is categorised:

TypeStatusClassification
SuperfastwhiteNo provision of 30Mbps download speeds within the next three years.
Superfast

grey

One broadband provider offers services of 30Mbps download speeds now or within the next three years.
SuperfastblackMore than one broadband provider offers services of 30Mbps download speeds now or within the next three years.
Superfastunder reviewOne or more broadband providers are planning to offer 30Mbps download speeds within the next three years, but there is some uncertainty about their plans. Classifying an area or premises as "under review" provides Digital Durham with the opportunity to change this classification in the future should the plans not materialise. The change in classification will mean the area or premises may be considered for public funds in the future, if available.
BasicwhiteNo provision of 2Mbps download speeds within the next three years.
BasicgreyOne broadband provider offers services of 2Mbps download speeds now or within the next three years.
BasicblackMore than one broadband provider offers services of 2Mbps download speeds now or within the next three years.

Have your say

The closing date for comments was 21 April at 5.00pm.

What happens next?

Stage 2: consultation with broadband providers, members of the public and businesses

The second stage of the consultation will be on the draft classification of superfast broadband coverage in relation to postcode areas. Broadband suppliers, residents, businesses and other organisations will have the opportunity to comment on the classifications and ask questions. If anyone believes the classifications are not correct they can also provide evidence to change this.

Stage 2 is expected to start in May when the draft classification will be available for comment.

Contact us
Digital Durham
Our address is:
  • Education Development Centre
  • Enterprise Way
  • Spennymoor
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL16 6YP
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