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20th May 2014

Digital Durham Partnership: Superfast Broadband Extension Open Market Review

Broadband infrastructure providers are being asked to support the Open Market Review (OMR) process launched by the Digital Durham Partnership.

The aim of the OMR is to assist Durham County Council to identify where there are no future commercial plans to provide superfast broadband speeds - above 24 Megabits per second.

Digital Durham programme area covers nine local authorities: Darlington Borough Council, Durham County Council, Gateshead Council, Hartlepool Borough Council, Middlesbrough Council, Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, South Tyneside Council, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and Sunderland City Council.

Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) have allocated additional public funding through the Superfast Extension Programme (SEP) to extend superfast broadband coverage to at least 95% of UK premises.  This funding will need to be matched by local authorities and an additional contribution made by the successful contractor.

Information from broadband infrastructure providers will be used to classify an area in terms of the available broadband speeds and enable European State Aid approval to be sought for further public funding through the Superfast Extension Programme.

Broadband infrastructure providers can submit a response or view further supporting information and data by clicking here.  All responses will be treated as commercially confidential.