SME Broadband Voucher Scheme (4)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-12-17
Session date: 
December 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/5124
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Do you think it is acceptable that you have £25m to improve broadband connections in London and yet nothing at all will have improved for those living in a number of areas of the capital who cannot get good enough broadband connections in their own homes?

Answer

Answer for SME Broadband Voucher Scheme (4)

Answer for SME Broadband Voucher Scheme (4)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The design of the SCCP in London was informed by advice from DCMS and BDUK around the types of intervention that were likely to be met with State Aid approval. This led to initial plans being re scoped and the final proposal consisting of the SME voucher scheme coupled with a smaller investment in public Wi-Fi. Residential broadband connections are outside the scope of the current scheme.

I recently hosted the Connectivity Summit which drew together representatives from organisations responsible for commissioning and delivering London's connectivity. The Summit has led to the formation of a Connectivity Advisory Group which is exploring and taking action on a number of issues to address the wider connectivity challenges which London faces.