Superfast Broadband North Yorkshire (SFNY) Public Consultation on NGA Broadband Coverage.
North Yorkshire covers 8,654 square kilometres (3,341 sq mi) and geographically is the largest County in England. The County includes the towns of Harrogate, Richmond, Scarborough, Selby and Skipton, as well as Ripon and the County town of Northallerton.
North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) has a Vision to provide Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband services (capable of delivering download speeds of at least 30 Mbps) to all premises within the North Yorkshire boundaries, through the Superfast North Yorkshire (SFNY) project.
Phases 1, 2 and 3 of the projects will see superfast broadband delivered to approximately 90% of the premises within North Yorkshire by June 2021.
The final 10% of premises present a challenge to the Vision for the SFNY Project. The remaining premises will be covered by a 4th and final phase.
Open Market Review
In preparation for this procurement, SFNY has undertaken an Open Market Review (OMR) between 17th January 2020 and 28th February 2020 to establish existing and planned (within the next 3 years) coverage of broadband infrastructure across the SFNY Programme Area. This included both commercial coverage by existing and prospective NGA broadband infrastructure providers and coverage procured under SFNY’s existing contracts with BT plc.
SFNY contacted all known broadband infrastructure operators within the Programme Area and other providers known to have (or potentially having) plans to deploy new networks across the UK with a formal request for information. The OMR was also publicised through a notification on he Yortender procurement portal. Operators were requested to provide information on their existing and planned NGA broadband infrastructure (capable of delivering download speeds of at least 30 Mbps), and to provide detail of their coverage at a premise and infrastructure level to enable greater granularity of mapping.
The EU Guidelines (at paragraph 78) and the 2016 NBS set out the requirements to hold a public consultation in order to validate the intervention area mapping by allowing all interested stakeholders an opportunity to comment on the planned aid measure.
The purpose of this document is to fulfil those requirements by publishing a description of the proposed aid measure and seeking feedback from all interested stakeholders. The mapping for NGA broadband are shown in the attached maps.
This State aid public consultation and the proposed NGA broadband Intervention Area maps are available to all stakeholders below, at SFNY OMR MAP and will also be available via BDUK’s website.
This State Aid public consultation will run from 4 May 2020 and will close on 4 June 2020.
Once the State Aid public consultation is complete and the Intervention Areas have been formalised, SFNY will undertake a further procurement to deliver NGA Broadband coverage into a Third Phase of its roll out programme.