Public Consultation Launched – May 2020

Bringing Superfast Broadband to North Yorkshire

Public Consultation Launched – May 2020

May 1, 2020 Latest News 0
  1. Introduction  

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.  

This will involve initiating a procurement process to request interested suppliers to bid for the delivery of NGA broadband services to the remaining premises. 

Because public funds will be needed to subsidise the completion of the project, an Open Market Review (OMR) and Public Consultation represents a necessary part of the preliminaries to that process. 

SFNY is confident that additional funding of around £12.5m (with potential for up to a maximum of £25m) will be available to move towards achieving the Vision of NGA to all premises within the county area. Work therefore continues preparing the procurement documentation that will be required once public consultation is concluded.  

 BDUK received approval on 26 May 2016 from the European Commission for the National Broadband Scheme for the United Kingdom (referred to hereafter as the 2016 NBS).  SFNY intends to conduct this further procurement under the 2016 NBS. 

  1. Open Market Review (OMR) 

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 the 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. 

This information, together with SFNY’s own data sources, has been used to define the proposed intervention area for the forthcoming procurement.  

This public consultation sets out that proposed intervention area, so as to enable all interested stakeholders (including the public, businesses, internet service providers and broadband infrastructure operators) to comment on the proposals.  In particular, this provides an opportunity for broadband infrastructure operators to review SFNY’s mapping to ensure that it correctly represents the information provided by them in the course of the OMR. 

The full Public Consultation can be accessed on the NYCC website https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/superfast-north-yorkshire-open-market-review 

The Public Consultation will run for a calendar month from Monday 4th May 2020.

 All responses to the public consultation will be carefully considered and where necessary will be incorporated into the final map of the intervention area. The final intervention area maps and a summary report confirming details of the changes made to the proposed intervention area will be published on the SFNY website shortly after the close of the consultation period. Where responses to the consultation are received, SFNY will respond to these and provide an explanation of how the information submitted has been treated. The finalised intervention area will then be submitted to BDUK’s National Competence Centre (NCC) for approval against the State aid Framework.