BDUK Rollout Stats Revealed

The progress of the Broadband Delivery UK rollout has been revealed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

The latest statistics released by the government show that 2,411,295 premises had been passed by BDUK sponsored broadband as of the end of March this year. The project hit the 2 million mark in February 2015.

Altogether, BDUK has spent a cumulative total of £301,444,870 in the form of grants to localise authorities and budget transfers to the delegated Scottish and Welsh governments.

This figure means that for every million pounds spent by BDUK, 7,999 premises have been passed; however when using a truer accruals basis, matching costs incurred to the timing of delivery expenditure rises to £352,718,218 meaning that in fact, BDUK has only passed 6,837 - nearly 1,000 fewer premises for each million pounds spent.

In addition, the DCMS's report stated that the numbers of premises reported are only those that can now receive download speeds of 24Mbps and higher, as a result of BDUK-supported projects.

The statistics also fail to take into account BDUK supported projects that passed premises which already had a superfast broadband service available. The cost spent does however account for BDUK's support for Connection Vouchers for businesses as well as the Mobile Infrastructure Project and the Rural Communities Broadband Fund.

DCMS recently appointed a new minister as Prime Minster David Cameron set out the first majority Conservative cabinet since John Major was in number 10.

John Wittingdale was named to the post of culture secretary after Sajid Javid became the new business secretary.

The government has recently revealed that digital economy minster Ed Vaizey, one of the main advocates of the Commons, will remain in his post going forward.

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