BDUK is seeking input from broadband operators, local authorities and devolved administration, in order to inform a new “state aid” agreement with the Commission, which would allow continued public subsidy to broadband roll-out. The previous “state aid” decision expired at the end of June.
A number of funding models are under consideration, including:
- Investment Gap Funding, similar to the current model.
- Public private partnership, “a Joint Ventures (“JV”) or Special Purpose Vehicle (“SPV”) with a private sector supplier or suppliers”
- Concession to Build-Operate-Transfer, where “an Implementing Body lets a concession contract to build, operate and generate revenues from a network, which returns to public ownership at the end of the contract”
- Public sector owned supplier
For more information, see: National Broadband Scheme – Market Engagement – GOV.UK