The government wants to deliver nationwide coverage of gigabit-capable broadband as soon as possible and is confident that the private sector will deliver gigabit connectivity to the most commercial 80% of the country by 2025.
The government has set a target of reaching a minimum of 85% gigabit-capable coverage by 2025 with an ambition to get as close to 100% as soon as possible after.
To support this, the government will continue to implement an ambitious programme of work to remove barriers to broadband deployment.
The government published a policy paper in April 2021 outlining its delivery plans to meet these targets including the areas for the initial procurements.
View the Project Gigabit spring update
These procurements will deliver gigabit coverage where the market would not otherwise be willing to invest because of the high costs.
The first phases include Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and adjacent areas including Rutland. These are delivered by two separate lots:
Following the 2021 OMR consultation and the public review in June 2021, Lot 5 is now in procurement.
Lot 5 covers the eastern part of the county, along with Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and parts of adjacent areas (Bedfordshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire and Suffolk).
The rest of Rutland is in Lot 11, along with Leicestershire, Warwickshire and other surrounding areas.
Lot 11 is now in public review and BBUK is seeking information and supporting evidence relevant stakeholders, including:
- internet service providers
- broadband infrastructure operators - particularly in relation to the proposed mapped eligible areas.
The public review opened on Friday 17 June - find out more.