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Infrastructure Action Plan - Step Change 2015 - Rest of Scotland Procurement - Public Consultation (Revised) Report

Infrastructure Action Plan - Step Change 2015 - Rest of Scotland Procurement - Public Consultation (Revised) Report

Friday, March 8, 2013

ISBN: 9781782564256

Scottish Government carried out a Public Consultation into the eligible intervention area for investment of public funds into broadband infrastructure on 1st October 2012. The period of consultation closed on 28th November 2012. A Public Consultation Report was published on 3rd January 2013, extending the period of consultation to 11th January 2013. This report sets out the responses to the consultation and the actions that the Scottish Government has taken as a direct result of those responses.

Executive Summary

Under the European Commission’s State Aid guidelines, public sector intervention in broadband infrastructure investment is limited to those areas where there is no current or planned (within the next 3 years) commercial deployments, to avoid distorting what might otherwise be/become a competitive market.

The Scottish Government carried out an Open Market Review of all current and planned infrastructure within the scope area in July 2012. The submitted data allowed us to produce a draft intervention area for a Public Consultation.

The Public Consultation is now complete and this report sets out the responses to the consultation and the actions that the Scottish Government has taken as a direct result of those responses.

Note that this report has been revised following an extended period of consultation.