Percentage speed ranges of fibre-upgraded cabinets and exchange only lines per broadband project area

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Dear Department for Culture, Media and Sport,

With reference to Q71 in the transcript of the of the 30th January Public Accounts Committee inquiry into rural broadband, Sean Williams of BT said that he would "take the case and make sure we look at it" when informed by the Chair, Margaret Hodge MP, that BT had previously denied Steve Webb MP the number of premises able to connect to Superfast broadband.

I know that BT collects these figures for each fibre-enabled green cabinet (or exchange only line) and breaks them down into categories according to ranges of connection speed. Rather than let Sean Williams evasively "look at it", for the period ending December 2014 I would like to know through you these statistics set out in numerical and percentage format per BDUK-funded project area according to the speed range categories.

Thank you

Patrick Cosgrove
Shropshire and Marches Campaign for Better Broadband in Rural Areas

FOI Mailbox, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

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Information Team at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 
You will receive a response to your information request within 20 working
days of receipt.
  

Nigel Wakelin, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Dear Mr Cosgrove

 

Thank you for your information request of 2 February. You asked:

 

“… With reference to Q71 in the transcript of the of the 30th January Public Accounts Committee
inquiry into rural broadband, Sean Williams of BT said that he would "take the case and make
sure we look at it" when informed by the Chair, Margaret Hodge MP, that BT had previously
denied Steve Webb MP the number of premises able to connect to Superfast broadband.

I know that BT collects these figures for each fibreenabled green cabinet (or exchange only
line) and breaks them down into categories according to ranges of connection speed. Rather
than let Sean Williams evasively "look at it", for the period ending December 2014 I would
like to know through you these statistics set out in numerical and percentage format per
BDUKfunded project area according to the speed range categories”.

I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The information
you have requested is exempt from disclosure under section 21 (information available by
other means) of the Act.

Ofcom has published speed data by local authority and postcode in
 [1]http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binarie...
a nd [2]http://www.ofcom.org.uk/static/research/... .

 

For premises whose cabinets which have been upgraded commercially by BT or with BDUK support
the speed ranges can be found at [3]http://www.dslchecker.bt.com/adsl/ADSLCh...,
but would require each premise in an area to be checked to build a complete picture.

For further information you may like to note that the Government announced on 9 February
that its broadband programme had passed 2 million premises across the projects supported with
Government funding; The figures for each project at that date were published at the same
time and are available at
[4]http://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/201...
[5] premisesreachsuperfastbroadband.html

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Nigel

Nigel Wakelin

Freedom of Information Team

4th Floor, 100 Parliament Street, London SW1A 2BQ

Tel: 020 7211 6358

@dcms  /dcmsgovuk [6]www.gov.uk/dcms

 

 

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References

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1. http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binarie...
2. http://www.ofcom.org.uk/static/research/...
3. http://www.dslchecker.bt.com/adsl/ADSLCh...
4. http://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/201...
5. http://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/201...
6. http://www.gov.uk/dcms
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Patrick Cosgrove

Dear Department for Culture, Media and Sport,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Culture, Media and Sport's handling of my FOI request 'Percentage speed ranges of fibre-upgraded cabinets and exchange only lines per broadband project area'.

It is quite unacceptable, given the amount of taxpayers' and ratepayers' money that has gone into the BDUK-funded broadband programmes that such basic performance information should be withheld from the public.

I request an internal review.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...

Yours faithfully,

Patrick Cosgrove
Shropshire and Marches Campaign for Better Broadband in Rural Areas

FOI Mailbox, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Thank you for your email which is now being dealt with by the Freedom of
Information Team at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 
You will receive a response to your information request within 20 working
days of receipt.
  

Birgitte Charles, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Dear Mr Cosgrove,

Thank you for your email of 2 March where you ask for an internal review
to be carried out into the department’s response to your recent Freedom of
Information request of 2 February, where you asked the following:

“… With reference to Q71 in the transcript of the of the 30th January
Public Accounts Committee inquiry into rural broadband, Sean Williams of
BT said that he would "take the case and make sure we look at it" when
informed by the Chair, Margaret Hodge MP, that BT had previously denied
Steve Webb MP the number of premises able to connect to Superfast
broadband.

 

I know that BT collects these figures for each fibre enabled green cabinet
(or exchange only line) and breaks them down into categories according to
ranges of connection speed. Rather than let Sean Williams evasively "look
at it", for the period ending December 2014 I would like to know through
you these statistics set out in numerical and percentage format per BDUK
funded project area according to the speed range categories”.

 

The Department responded to you on 27 February, as follows:

 “The information you have requested is exempt from disclosure under
section 21 (information available by other means) of the Act.

 

Ofcom has published speed data by local authority and postcode in
[1]http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binarie...
and

[2]http://www.ofcom.org.uk/static/research/...

 

For premises whose cabinets which have been upgraded commercially by BT or
with BDUK support the speed ranges can be found at
[3]http://www.dslchecker.bt.com/adsl/ADSLCh..., but would
require each premise in an area to be checked to build a complete picture.

 

For further information you may like to note that the Government announced
on 9 February that its broadband programme had passed 2 million premises
across the projects supported with

Government funding; The figures for each project at that date were
published at the same time and are available at

[4]http://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/201... helps put 2 million
extra

uk premises reach superfast broadband.html”

 

You have now asked for an internal review to be carried out into the
Department’s response to your request.

In order to ensure cases are looked afresh, internal reviews of freedom of
information decisions are carried out in our department by officials
unconnected to the handling of the original request. I was therefore asked
to conduct the internal review.

I have considered carefully whether the Department was correct in
withholding the information under section 21 and referring you to two
websites for the relevant information.

Having looked into this, I can advise that the Department referred you to
the websites in order to enable you to retrieve the information you have
requested. The Department itself does not carry out the cabinet level
analysis that you have asked for and we are therefore unable to supply it.
You may also wish to contact Ofcom for further information on monitoring
of speed data.

I have therefore concluded that the Department was correct in referring
you to the relevant websites in order for you to retrieve the information
that you have requested on this subject.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF

Yours sincerely

 

Birgitte Charles

 

 

 Freedom of Information Manager

4^th Floor, 100 Parliament Street,

London SW1A 2BQ

Telephone: 0207 211 6395
@dcms  /dcmsgovuk [5]www.gov.uk/dcms

 

References

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1. http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binarie...
2. http://www.ofcom.org.uk/static/research/...
3. http://www.dslchecker.bt.com/adsl/ADSLCh...
4. http://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/201...
5. http://www.gov.uk/dcms

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