Dear Department for Culture, Media and Sport,

I hope you can assist.

Have DCMS expressed any concerns regarding obtaining value for money from Openreach within the BDUK programme, and if there are concerns please could I have any correspondence and materials available?

Have DCMS raised any concerns with Openreach criteria being used to select which cabinets and areas are receiving the Superfast Broadband service as part of their 66% commercial deployment? If this has happened may I have the correspondence including any assurances from Openreach?

Have DCMS received any information on the Openreach commercial criteria for selecting which cabinets and areas to upgrade with Superfast Broadband, and may I also have this?

Yours faithfully,

Carl Thomas

FOI, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Dear Mr Thomas

Thank you for your information request of 16 November. You asked:

“Have DCMS expressed any concerns regarding obtaining value for money from
Openreach within the BDUK programme, and if there are concerns please
could I have any correspondence and materials available?

 

Have DCMS raised any concerns with Openreach criteria being used to select
which cabinets and areas are receiving the Superfast Broadband service as
part of their 66% commercial deployment? If this has happened may I have
the correspondence including any     assurances from Openreach?

    

Have DCMS received any information on the Openreach commercial criteria
for selecting which cabinets and areas to upgrade with Superfast
Broadband, and may I also have this.”

 

We have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

We regret that we are unable to respond to your request in its current
wording because it exceeds the cost limit set out by the Freedom of
Information Act. Section 12 of the Act makes provision for public
authorities to refuse requests for information where the cost of dealing
with them would exceed the appropriate limit, which for central government
is set at £600. This represents the estimated cost of one person spending
3.5 working days in determining whether the department holds the
information, locating, retrieving and extracting the information.

 

We estimate that it will take us in excess of 3.5 working days to
determine appropriate material and locate, retrieve and extract the
information in reference to your request. We consider your request would
be over this limit because there are a considerable number of documents
(materials) on this subject which may or may not include the information
you have requested.

 

You may wish to refine your request by narrowing its scope and being more
specific about what information you particularly wish to obtain. It may be
possible to bring your request within the cost limit if you restrict the
terms of the request to concentrate on the information you are most
interested in. For example, you may be able to narrow down the request by
restricting it to a specific type of correspondence, activity or time
period. If you would like further information regarding the cost limit and
how it is applied please refer to the Office of Public Sector Information
website at [1]http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2004/2004324....

 

Yours sincerely

 

Freedom of Information Team

Department for Culture, Media and Sport

 

Complaints and comments

As is customary in our replies, I would like to explain that if you are
dissatisfied with any aspect of our response to your request for
information and/or wish to appeal against information being withheld from
you please send full details within two calendar months of the date of
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You have the right to ask the Information Commissioner (ICO) to
investigate any aspect of your complaint. Please note that the ICO is
likely to expect internal complaints procedures to have been exhausted
before beginning his investigation.

 

 

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