Broadband Breckland Investment
Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: No
To seek an in principle agreement to contribute up to £950,000 as a contribution from Breckland Council to a partnership project being led by Norfolk County Council, to improve Broadband connectivity across the Breckland area.
RECOMMEND to Council that:
1) Breckland Council supported the Norfolk County Council Superfast Broadband (SFBB) project and agrees, in principle, to provide funding of up to and not exceeding £950,000 to deliver the project across the Breckland District; and
2) £950,000 be transferred from the Organisational Development Reserve to the Community Projects Reserve and be earmarked for Broadband Partnership Funding for draw down in 2016/2017.
Reasons for the decision:
To support the delivery of SFBB across as much of the District as possible and provide benefits to both the residential and business community.
An in principle agreement to match fund is required to secure the additional £4million offered by government to be included as part of second phase procurement over the summer 2014.
Alternative options considered:
Take no action is not considered to be appropriate given the levels of no and poor availability across the District, even after the first round of Better Broadband for Norfolk deployment.
Report author: Anna Graves
Publication date: 03/07/2014
Date of decision: 01/07/2014
Decided at meeting: 01/07/2014 - Cabinet