Building Digital UK (BDUK), which is part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & and Sport (DCMS), has launched an ‘Open Market Review’ (‘OMR’) aimed at identifying potential areas for government intervention to support gigabit-capable broadband. In a press release regarding the matter, the DCMS noted that the OMR Request for Information (RFI) seeks to confirm where gigabit-capable broadband infrastructure currently exists or is planned to be built in the next three years across a number of specific geographical areas. Having previously conducted similar reviews, this latest one covers the following regions: East Sussex (Lot 16); Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes (Lot 12); Derbyshire (Lot 3); Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire, including Swindon (Lot 30); Lancashire (Lot 9); and Surrey (Lot 22).
Responses to the review have been requested by a deadline of 22 November 2021, and BDUK has said it plans to publish the subsequent maps showing the proposed ‘intervention areas’ following the close of the assessment and evaluation period. Subsequent to this, a Public Review will then be conducted allowing suppliers, members of the public and other stakeholders the opportunity to provide their input regarding the proposed intervention areas.