Is this OK?
The European Union State Aid rules are designed
to ensure that any use of public funding (‘State Aid’) is targeted at
areas of market failure and produces positive market outcomes while
minimising any distortion to competition.The State Aid rules
require public interventions to be targeted so as to limit the risk of
crowding-out or dis-incentivising existing and/or concrete planned
private sector investments that would otherwise meet the desired policy
objectives. In the context of broadband, the 2012 State Aid Decision
permits the use of public funding only to extend broadband coverage in
geographic areas where there is no provision of Superfast Broadband and
it is unlikely to be developed in the near future (within the next three
years).The ‘EU Guidelines for the application of State aid
rules in relation to the rapid deployment of broadband networks’ (2013/C
25/01) can be found at: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2013:025:0001:0026:en:PDF.
objective of the further investment is to provide access to NGA
infrastructure which is capable of delivering access line speeds of at
The objective of this intervention is to target
the reinvestment funding at areas that were designated as white NGA
areas through the previous public consultation (carried out by the West
Yorkshire Combined Authority between 8 December 2014 and 8 January 2015
and where there have subsequently been no plans to deploy as part of the
existing contract between the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and BT.
In addition, the NGA white areas mapped in this public consultation
also include areas mapped as NGA grey in the previous consultation, but
where the local body has since received information that a supplier no
longer has a network footprint or that a supplier’s planned deployment
for the area has changed. These areas are identified as white on the
The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has changed its
definition of NGA white areas from that used in its previous
consultation of between 8 December 2014 and 8 January 2015. In
Annex A (see map below), areas with speeds below 30Mbps are identified as “NGA white
areas”, whereas they had previously only been identified as NGA white
areas where they had speeds below 15Mbps.
Nevertheless, it remains
the intention of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority in this
intervention to target white NGA areas with the greatest need for
improvement, i.e. only where no NGA infrastructure is available, or
otherwise an NGA infrastructure is available, but where speeds are less
than 15Mbps. NGA map (click for larger version)
European Regional Development Fund
The project received £7.3m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. ERDF and ESF Branding and Publicity Requirements ESIF-GN-1-005, Version 6 Date published 1 November 2016.
Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.
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