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1 AGENDA ITEM 9 Staffordshire Moorlands Service Delivery Overview & Scrutiny Panel Superfast Staffordshire Highlight Report 2 nd July 2014 Executive Summary The Superfast Staffordshire project is now in the process of fibre enabling approximately 520 existing cabinets within the project intervention area. Nearly 10,000 premises will have access to the superfast broadband network by the end of September 2014 and a further 80,000 by of the 500 structures planned for upgrade are located within the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council boundary, several of which are within the Peak District National Park Boundary. The project manager and BT have recently met with the Peak District National Park Authority to discuss the location of these structures, to ensure they are installed sympathetically within this sensitive environment. The exchange areas that will benefit from this project include; Alstonfield, Ash Bank, Biddulph, Blackshaw, Blythe Bridge, Churnet Side, Endon, Hartington, Ipstones, Leek, Longnor, Miltonlee, Oakamoor, Onecote, Rushton Spencer, Tean, Waterhouses and Wetley Rocks. As these communities come on line the Demand Stimulation Team will undertake a series of awareness raising activities that will alert the residents and businesses as to the availability of the service in their area. This activity could be further enhanced if your organisations could assist in this effort. The rewards include, but are not limited to: 1. Residents will benefit from the enhanced connectivity, and the many benefits that will bring, 2. Access to services will be improved, 3. Delivery of services will be enhanced, with the potential to reduce the cost of delivery, 4. Inward Investment, productivity and competiveness improved for businesses, 5. Access to new / global markets, 9.1

2 6. Driving uptake beyond 20% will lead to the project sharing in any increased revenues over the next 9 years. Any additional funds that are generated will be reinvested in the extension of the superfast broadband network, until the final 5% are connected. The next two years are going to be busy and very exciting. Some communities and businesses will have access to superfast broadband services for the first time. It is important that Staffordshire PLC and its residents realise the benefits of this investment. Your help would be gratefully appreciated in ensuring the best outcome. Summary of activity 1. Staffordshire County Council approved 7.44m capital expenditure (21 st March 2012) as match funding to the 7.44m contribution from Broadband Delivery UK, to extend the superfast broadband network across Staffordshire. 2. Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) is part of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and has been set up to facilitate the delivery of superfast broadband services to areas that are not considered commercially viable by existing service providers (e.g.bt & Virgin). 3. Having undertaken a framework procurement exercise, BT was awarded the contract, which was duly signed on the 23rd May The value of the contract is 27.35m. 4. By mid % of the premises in Staffordshire will be connected to the superfast fibre network. Approximately 472,000 (95%) premises will be able to receive speeds in excess of 24 Megabits per second. All premises in Staffordshire will be able to receive a minimum of 2 Mbps as part of the Universal Service Commitment. 5. Since the contract was signed a joint County Council, BT and BDUK project team has been formed, along with the governance structures required to deliver the project in line with BDUK requirements. 6. The project will be delivered in a series of 8 phases (quarters) over the two year fibre deployment period, starting in 2014 and due for completion in Over 500 individual structures will be upgraded during this period, deploying over 1 million meters (approx. 621 miles) of fibre in the process. Approximately 90,000 premises in the intervention area will be connected to the fibre network through this project. 9.2

3 8. Communities will start to benefit from May 2014 and will be able to order superfast broadband services. Between April and September these will include Rugeley, Colton, Ash Bank, Clifton Campville, Marchington, Yarnfield, Yoxall, Kings Bromley, Burntwood, Heath Hayes, Penkridge and Trentham. It is anticipated that additional communities will be announced on a quarterly basis as the project progresses. 9. In November a key stakeholder event was held at St George s Park, near Burton to launch the Superfast Staffordshire brand and dedicated website that had been developed to support and promote the project. Keynote speakers included Philip Atkins, Mark Winnington, Nick Bell from the county and Bill Murphy (MD BT Next Generation Access). 10. Additional to the key stakeholder event there was a further event in the afternoon which was attended by county councillors, district & parish councillors and broadband champions. Again there was an introduction to the project, demonstrations of fibre deployment equipment and an opportunity for the delegates to ask questions of project officers and BT personnel. 11. To aid delivery of this project each of the districts and the City of Stoke have been briefed by the project manager. In addition the highways and planning teams from around the county were invited to workshops. The purpose of which was to form a virtual team in each district that would act as champions and a single point of contact, so that the fibre deployment could be undertaken efficiently. To date this approach appears to be paying dividends, allowing cabinets to be sited even in sensitive areas, through the joint working approach. 12. To ensure that Staffordshire realises the full benefit of this major infrastructure upgrade and the County s investment, it will be important that Staffordshire residents and businesses make full use of the superfast broadband services. To this end, members of the Superfast Staffordshire project team will lead the promotional and awareness raising activities, to ensure communities and business alike are alerted to the provision and benefits of the service. This will involve working with stakeholders, parish councils and locally recruited broadband champions to work with communities to ensure these services are fully utilised. 13. To ensure SME businesses fully realise the benefits of superfast broadband the Optimising Business Broadband project has been launched. The project delivers awareness raising events and direct assistance to individual SME s companies. This is delivered by the Superfast Staffordshire project team in partnership with Shropshire County Council and is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). 9.3

4 14. BDUK have recently undertaken a project assurance review on the Superfast Staffordshire project and made the following comments: The BDUK Broadband Assurance Board reviewed Superfast Staffordshire on 3 April 2014 and agreed that there was a high level of confidence that the required level of contract management is in place, concrete evidence of sustained assurance activity, and excellent levels of knowledge and compliance with contractual mechanisms. The Assurance Board expressed the exemplar nature of the Staffordshire project in all aspects, including team, assurance work and demand stimulation / community engagement. 15. Recently the coalition government have announced a further 250m additional funding to start to address the premises that will not get 24Mbps and above. Staffordshire is set to have 95% access to 24Mbps and above by 2016, and has been allocated 1.68m by BDUK to start to address the final 5%. Superfast Staffordshire will need to secure 1.68m match funding to draw down the BDUK allocation. Digital Connectivity has been included in the LEP Strategic Economic Plan and financial support will be sought through the Local Growth and / or ERDF funding streams. 16. Superfast Broadband will impact positively on many aspects of Staffordshire life and public service delivery, hence Staffordshire County Council s recognition of its strategic importance. It is anticipated that the provision of superfast broadband will strengthen the local economy by helping attract further inward investment, improving productivity & competitiveness and providing access to new markets. In addition, citizens will benefit from an improvement in services and access to: payments on-line, internet banking, shopping, e- government, e-learning, video calling, digital medical care, on-demand television and much more. Paper prepared by Paul Chatwin Superfast Staffordshire Project Manager 18 th June

5 Appendix A Key facts & figures Superfast Britain is a Government programme of investment in broadband and communication infrastructure across the UK. Run by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, this investment helps businesses to grow, creates jobs and will make Britain more competitive in the global race. The portfolio is comprised of three elements: 790m to extend superfast broadband to 95% of the UK by 2017; 150m to provide high speed broadband to businesses in 22 cities; 150m to improve quality and coverage of mobile phone and basic data network services. Administered on behalf of Government by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), Superfast Britain is transforming Britain by promoting growth, enabling skills and learning, and improving quality of life. For further information: https://www.gov.uk/broadband-delivery-uk Vision: the best superfast broadband network in Europe by 2015 Objective: provide superfast broadband to at least 90 per cent of premises in the UK and to provide universal access to standard broadband with a speed of at least 2Mbps. Intervention Area 502,970 premises in Staffordshire (including City of Stoke-on-Trent) 91,291 are in scope for BDUK superfast broadband intervention Timeline Start May 2013 Physical completion June 2016 Reinvestment / claw back monitoring June 2023 Funding ( 27.35m) Broadband Delivery UK 7.44m 9.5

6 Staffordshire County Council 7.44m plus 390,000 (project costs and demand stimulation) BT 12.47m over the lifetime of the project Implementation 8 fibre deployment phases 1 infill phase Project Outputs Commercial roll-out by all vendors (BT & Virgin) 81.8% (BDUK) 97% premises get access to fibre network by % premises get access to speeds in excess of 24Mbps (approx. 472,000 premises) THP 88,447 claimable by project THP 84,822 NGA in the intervention area 520 cabinets to be enabled Benefits Businesses: Strengthen local economy; attract inward investment; improve productivity & competitiveness and providing access to new markets Residents: improvement in services and access to; payments on-line (- 560); internet banking; shopping; e-government; e-learning; video calling, digital medical care; on-line gaming; on-demand television and much more. Public Sector: Transform service delivery; Improve access to services especially rural isolated; reduce cost of delivery, increasing opportunities to make savings. 9.6

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