Independent report

The UK's National Broadband Scheme - an independent evaluation

Independent evaluation of the UK's National Broadband Scheme

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The UK's National Broadband Scheme - an independent evaluation report

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Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) commissioned Oxera to undertake an independent evaluation of the UK’s National Broadband Scheme, a government-funded initiative to support commercial broadband investment in the UK.

The evaluation is a requirement of the November 2012 European Commission decision to grant the scheme State aid clearance and, assesses whether:

  • BDUK has complied with the terms of the state aid decision

  • the scheme has been effective in achieving its predefined objectives

  • the scheme has not created undue distortions of competition or EU trade.

This evaluation will support BDUK’s request to the European Commission to extend state aid approval of the scheme on materially the same terms.

Any enquiries should be addressed to: stateaidforbroadband@culture.gov.uk

Published 19 May 2015