On 26 August 2016, Wiltshire Council launched a Public Consultation as part of its preparations for the next phase of NGA Broadband deployment in Wiltshire (Phase 3 – NGA/Ultrafast), as part of the Wiltshire Online project. This public consultation sought views from interested telecoms providers and other stakeholders on the proposed Intervention Area ('White areas') for this next phase of deployment. This is where the Council believes there are no commercial telecoms plans for superfast broadband and where public funding is needed to bring forward plans.
The maps provided in the consultation were informed by the outcome of an Open Market Review which the Council launched on 6 June 2016 and concluded on 4 July 2016. Telecoms providers were invited to confirm their existing and planned commercial coverage in the county, looking ahead three years - such coverage being defined as Basic Broadband or Next Generation Access (NGA) depending on the quality of technical standards met. NGA involves fibre optic based networks which are wired or fixed wireless access and are capable of higher throughput than traditional copper networks.
The State Aid Public Consultation closed on Monday 3 October 2016.
The Council has considered the responses to the consultation and prepared revised Basic Broadband and NGA maps. The 'White' areas on the NGA map comprise the eligible Intervention Area for Phase 3. The maps can be viewed in the State Aid Public Consultation – Closure Report below.
Wiltshire Council secured State Aid clearance for the procurement from the National Competence Centre on 3 November 2016. Further clearance will be required to enable the Council to award a contract. Phase 3 must comply with the 26 May 2016 decision by the European Commission on a new National Broadband Scheme for the UK. This forms part of the regulatory framework governing how public funding can be invested in broadband networks.
Please click here to view the full document: Wiltshire Online - State Aid Public Consultation 2016
Please click here to view the full document: Wiltshire Online - State Aid Public Consultation Closure Report 2016
Please click here to view the addended report: Wiltshire Online - State Aid Public Consultation Closure Report Addendum June 2017
The 'White' areas on the map are areas where public funding can be invested in NGA broadband networks. The Blue areas are “under review” as commercial plans in the area were uncertain at the time of the State Aid Public Consultation. Existing or planned commercial coverage, or plans already committed/delivered under Phase 1 or 2 of the project, are shown as Grey or Black on the map.
Please click here to view the map: Phase 3 NGA / Ultrafast State Aid Classification Map 2016