It is essential that local bodies carry out detailed mapping of the areas that are targeted by their local broadband projects to make sure public funding is used only in areas permitted under the umbrella aid scheme. If a local body does not have sufficiently detailed mapping of its target areas, it cannot satisfy the umbrella scheme criteria. Alternatively, if the mapping indicates that the wrong types of areas are targeted, the umbrella scheme criteria will not be satisfied in those areas. In either of the foregoing scenarios, the project may not be capable of approval under the umbrella scheme until any specific issues are resolved and this may result in considerable delays to the scheme.
This document is made available by BDUK to local bodies for guidance in respect of local broadband projects.