7. Responding to this State Aid Public Consultation
Scottish Government is requesting information and supporting evidence in relation to basic and NGA broadband infrastructure within the project area and wish to hear from all relevant stakeholders (including residents, businesses as well as broadband infrastructure operators), particularly in relation to areas to be targeted as part of the NGA intervention area at Annex A.
For the avoidance of doubt, there is no need to respond to this public consultation if you have no comment to make.
For residents and businesses, where this relates to the ability to receive an NGA service, any information provided in response to this State Aid public consultation should as a minimum include (but need not be limited to) the address of the property or area that the submission relates to and the nature of the concern.
If the response is from an infrastructure provider and comments on the white, grey and/or black or under review classifications within the attached maps or data, or on the wholesale products to be offered via the subsidised network, then the submission should also include the specific information set out in Section 8.
For all submissions, Scottish Government would be grateful if you would contact Scottish Government to register your intention to submit a response and could confirm in your submission the following:
- Your organisation's name (if applicable)
- Your organisation's address (if applicable)
- Your name
- Contact telephone number
- Email Address
Scottish Government will then arrange access to the Response Template (or subset thereof if you are reporting on a specific area).
Scottish Government also requests confirmation from an authorised signatory that the information provided is suitably accurate and up to date.
Please send your responses no later than 05 August 2017 to R100@gov.scot
Please note that the data you provide in your response will be treated as commercially confidential to your organisation. However, it may be necessary to share/some all of your response data with our professional advisers and/or DCMS/ BDUK, Ofcom, the National Competence Centre and the European Commission in the course of seeking State aid approval.
It should also be noted that it is a State aid requirement to use this information to produce State aid maps to define white, grey and black areas for basic and NGA broadband. However, the published maps will show the aggregated White/Grey/Black NGA and Basic Broadband areas, not the data provided on a per-operator basis. The final maps that will be used for procurement purposes will be published shortly after the conclusion of this State aid public consultation and once approved by the National Competence Centre.
If you have any questions about any of the above, please contact the Scottish Government by email as above.
Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit
The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House