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    • UK Umbrella State Aid Granted by European Commission

      Broadband Delivery UK (the organisation responsible for delivering the £52 million of public funding for the Connecting Devon and Somerset Project) has been granted State Aid* clearance by the European Commission. This allows Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) to approve local

    • BT Appointed Preferred Bidder for the Connecting Devon and Somerset Programme

      The Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) programme has announced that it has appointed BT as preferred bidder for the provision of superfast broadband across Devon and Somerset. The next stage of the project involves undertaking due diligence on the tender

    • Procurement Update

      As part of satisfying State Aid requirements, Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) is required to announce the launch of its invitation to tender (ITT) for the selection of its chosen supplier from the recent Framework arrangement set up by BDUK.

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Rural Community Broadband Fund

A second ‘Expression of Interest’ round is now open. The final date for submissions of ‘Expressions of Interest’ is 6th July 2012.

The Rural Community Broadband Fund (RCBF) was launched in England with confirmed funding of £20m on 29th November 2011. The RCBF is jointly funded by Defra and Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) and provides grants to communities to establish superfast broadband in ‘hard-to-reach’ areas.

The RCBF complements the mainstream broadband rollout programmes being delivered by local Authorities and BDUK. Under the mainstream programme the aim is for at least 90% superfast broadband coverage in each area, with the final ‘hard-to-reach’ 10% receiving a minimum standard broadband of 2Mbps.

Further information can be found here.

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