DCMS/EU Commissioner Discussion on Market Failure in Broadband Delivery in Rotherhithe

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/1357
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Following your answer to question 2013/4047, can you confirm which minister in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and which European Commissioner have been discussing the issue of market failure to deliver broadband in Rotherhithe and what is the latest outcome of those discussions?

Answer

Answer for DCMS/EU Commissioner Discussion on Market Failure in Broadband Delivery in Rotherhithe

Answer for DCMS/EU Commissioner Discussion on Market Failure in Broadband Delivery in Rotherhithe

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Minister who has been discussing State Aid issues when it comes to intervention in the broadband market in cities is the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Ed Vaizey.

His department, and Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) have been in discussions with the Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner responsible for competition, Joaquín Almunia and will have the latest information.

Later this month I am rolling out, across London, the SME broadband voucher scheme. This will allow SME businesses, charities and non-profits to claim up to £3,000 for high speed broadband connections, usually of 30Mbit/s or more

Taking advantage of this voucher scheme will give businesses improved reliability of service, better communication with customers and staff, reduced costs through more efficient working, improved data storage and accessibility and higher speed upload and download for large files.

Businesses wishing to claim these vouchers should visit http://www.london.gov.uk/broadband for more information.