How are you selecting communities for Gainshare?
CDS must first confirm the areas which do not have Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband infrastructure delivering at least 30Mbps, or where there are no credible and declared commercial plans over the next three years. These are described as “white NGA areas”. This will be carried out in the form of a public consultation and its purpose is to enable all interested stakeholders – the public, businesses and telecommunications providers – to comment on the proposed white NGA areas before further coverage is committed. Once these areas are confirmed, in line with European State Aid regulations, only current white NGA postcodes which were in existence pre-2012 will be considered for Gainshare. The limited Gainshare funds available will be sufficient to provide a superfast service to a portion of the identified white NGA, pre-2012 postcodes. Therefore, though 30Mbps is considered the minimum speed for a superfast service, CDS has chosen to focus on delivering to communities which are receiving a significantly slower connection speed of sub-15Mbps. CDS will work to target those communities with sub-15Mbps speeds and a significant degree of social deprivation.