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Roll out of Superfast Broadband by BT - Monitoring

Meeting: 02/07/2020 - Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Item 85)

85 Overview and Scrutiny Task Group - Roll out of Superfast Broadband by BT - Monitoring of Recommendations pdf icon PDF 319 KB

To receive and consider the report of the Director of Commercial Services (enclosed).

 

Minutes:

Rachel Salter, Interim Service Lead for Development and Business presented the report which updated the Committee on the implementation of recommendations made by the inquiry on the roll out of superfast broadband which reported to the Executive Cabinet in August 2017.

 

Members were advised that progression had stalled due to Covid-19 and therefore the update was similar to that due to come to the committee in March 2020. The updates included:

·         Virgin hadn’t shared any plans with Lancashire County Council (LCC) but BT had. BT are reviewing coverage at Buckshaw, Rivington and White Coppice.

·         The Government’s target was for full fibre coverage by 2025, therefore the council was continuing to push for funding.

·         The Council engaged with businesses regarding the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (these were still available for rural businesses)

·         A project was underway to review and refresh the Council’s website (this included an investigation of the options available for integration between MyAccount and E-Citizen which will be looked at by the ICT team).

·         The next phase of the WiFi rollout has begun with fibre being laid up the length of Market Street and around the new Market Walk Extension.

 

The Committee recognised that digital connectivity was more important than ever and would need to be included in the recovery plans post-Covid. In line with this, Members thanked Simon Charnock, Digital Transformation Officer for all his work in delivering digital skills training in the communities.

 

Members recognised that a lot of work had been undertaken on this but there was still work to be done. This needed to be monitored, especially in the rural villages and pressure must be kept on the providers. Councillor Kim Snape reported that residents in White Coppice had seen a slow improvement in the area.

 

It was agreed that conversations be held with LCC to help progress the improvements in advance of the next meeting. The Committee also suggested that LCC attend a meeting in later in the year.

 

Decision – That the update be noted.


Meeting: 19/03/2020 - Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Item 13.)

13. Overview and Scrutiny Task Group - Roll out of Superfast Broadband by BT - Monitoring of Recommendations pdf icon PDF 320 KB

To receive and consider the report of the Director of Commercial Services (enclosed).