Dear Department for Culture, Media and Sport,

I note that in today's media the Department for Culture, Media and Sport is quoted as saying that the Government’s plan for superfast broadband to cover 95 per cent of the UK by 2017 was “on track and under budget”.

Please can you publish the data behind this statement, to include which areas and which exchanges are due to be upgraded by Openreach at what time. People should be able to know when they might expect to be able to have such a service.

Yours faithfully,

Simon Briscoe

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.
  

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Dear Mr Briscoe,

Thank you for your information request of 25^th January 2016.

You asked:

“I note that in today's media the Department for Culture, Media and Sport
is quoted as saying that the Government’s plan for superfast broadband to
cover 95 per cent of the UK by 2017 was “on track and under budget”.
Please can you publish the data behind this statement, to include which
areas and which exchanges are due to be upgraded by Openreach at what
time. People should be able to know when they might expect to be able to
have such a service.”

 

I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(the Act). I can confirm that the Department does not hold information in
scope of your request.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport does not hold details of the
locations to be covered by superfast broadband rollout. Local Bodies
publish information on the plans on their websites 

 

 

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Team

 

Department for Culture, Media & Sport

4th floor, 100 Parliament Street

London SW1A 2BQ

 

[1]www.gov.uk/dcms

 

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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 'Roll out of super fast broadband'.

I am unsure how the department can make the statements it does if it holds no information. Please tell me what information the department holds so that i can reframe my question. Where does the coverage data come from? And who are the local bodies? I trust you will take the opportunity to be helpful.

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

Yours faithfully,

Simon Briscoe

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 Briscoe,

Thank you for your email of 18 February where you ask for an internal
review to be carried out into the department’s response to your Freedom of
Information (FOI) request dated 25 January where you asked:

“I note that in today's media the Department for Culture, Media and Sport
is quoted as saying that the Government’s plan for superfast broadband to
cover 95 per cent of the UK by 2017 was “on track and under budget”.
Please can you publish the data behind this statement, to include which
areas and which exchanges are due to be upgraded by Openreach at what
time. People should be able to know when they might expect to be able to
have such a service.”

The department responded to you on 17 February, as follows:

“I can confirm that the Department does not hold information in scope of
your request.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport does not hold details of the
locations to be covered by superfast broadband rollout. Local Bodies
publish information on the plans on their websites.”

You have now requested an internal review, as follows:

“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 'Roll out of super fast
broadband'.

I am unsure how the department can make the statements it does if it holds
no information. Please tell me what information the department holds so
that i can reframe my question. Where does the coverage data come from?
And who are the local bodies? I trust you will take the opportunity to be
helpful.”

In order to ensure cases are looked at 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 your request carefully and can advise the following.

You asked for information, including “which areas and which exchanges are
due to be upgraded by Openreach at what time”.  The department does not
hold this specific information.  The department has data on coverage that
has been deployed to date and it has data on the numbers of premises which
are targeted to be passed through contracted delivery via publicly-funded
projects. The department does not have data on the precise locations to be
covered by future roll-out and it does not have precise figures for
commercially funded roll-out or for publicly-funded roll-out which has not
yet been contracted. Future commercial plans are commercially confidential
and the department has only made estimates for future publicly-funded
projects, though some suppliers make information available at sites such
as [1]http://www.superfast-openreach.co.uk/whe...

Coverage data has been reported by Ofcom for example at
[2]http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/market-...
and other independent organisations also publish their own detailed
analysis such as [3]thinkbroadband.com at
[4]http://labs.thinkbroadband.com/local/

The Local Bodies are local authorities in England, the devolved
administrations, and community bodies which have entered into broadband
contracts with BDUK funding. A map and list of these bodies, with links to
local project information and rollout plans is available at
[5]https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?msa...
and at
 [6]https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1...
while individual postcodes can be checked at
[7]http://gosuperfastchecker.culture.gov.uk/ providing links to local
projects and commercial suppliers.

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

Heather Batchelor

Head of Ministerial Support Team

Department for Culture, Media & Sport

4th floor, 100 Parliament Street

London SW1A 2BQ

 

[8]www.gov.uk/dcms   

 

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2. http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/market-...
3. http://thinkbroadband.com/
4. http://labs.thinkbroadband.com/local/
5. https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?msa...
6. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1...
7. http://gosuperfastchecker.culture.gov.uk/
8. http://www.gov.uk/dcms

Dear Birgitte Charles,

Hello and thanks.

In your reply you say: " The department has data on coverage that has been deployed to date and it has data on the numbers of premises which are targeted to be passed through contracted delivery via publicly-funded projects. The department does not have data on the precise locations to be covered by future roll-out and it does not have precise figures for commercially funded roll-out or for publicly-funded roll-out which has not yet been contracted. Future commercial plans are commercially confidential and the department has only made estimates for future publicly-funded projects."

So, can you let me have that data?

In summary:
- data on coverage that has been deployed to date
- data on the numbers of premises which are targeted to be passed through contracted delivery via publicly-funded projects (ideally a list of exchanges that have superfast and a list of those that don't)
- department's estimates for future publicly-funded projects
all broken down by as much geographically as possible.

Yours sincerely,

Simon Briscoe

Dear Birgitte Charles,

Do you know when I might receive a response to this?

Yours sincerely,

Simon Briscoe

Birgitte Charles, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

I'm out of the office.
Please note that your email has not been forwarded.

--
Birgitte Charles
Department for Culture, Media & Sport
4th floor, 100 Parliament Street
London SW1A 2BQ
Tel: 020 7211 6395
[1][email address]
[2]www.gov.uk/dcms
   

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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 'Roll out of super fast broadband'.

I have been waiting ages for a substantive rply. When will I get one?

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

Yours faithfully,

Simon Briscoe

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.
  

FOI Mailbox, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

CMS 302143 FOI response

 

 

Dear Mr Briscoe,

 

Thank you for your email of 22 April 2017 where you ask for an internal
review to be carried out into the department’s response to a Freedom of
Information (FOI) request which you sent to a member of the department on
14 March 2017.

 

I have looked into your request and I can confirm that the Freedom of
Information request you refer to was not received by the department. As
detailed in the out of office message you received, the member of staff
you sent it to was not working at the department at the time, and it was
not received by the FOI team.

 

Having checked on the link you provided for your case on
[1]www.whatdotheyknow.com I see that your request was as follows: 

 

Hello and thanks.

 

In your reply you say: "The department has data on coverage that has been
deployed to date and it has data on the numbers of premises which are
targeted to be passed through contracted delivery via publicly-funded
projects. The department does not have data on the precise locations to be
covered by future roll-out and it does not have precise figures for
commercially funded roll-out or for publicly-funded roll-out which has not
yet been contracted. Future commercial plans are commercially confidential
and the department has only made estimates for future publicly-funded
projects."

So, can you let me have that data?

 

In summary: 

- data on coverage that has been deployed to date 
- data on the numbers of premises which are targeted to be passed through
contracted delivery via publicly-funded projects (ideally a list of
exchanges that have superfast and a list of those that don't) 
- department's estimates for future publicly-funded projects 
all broken down by as much geographically as possible.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Simon Briscoe

 

I have dealt with this request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(the Act). I can advise that the government holds some of the information
requested. This information is exempt from disclosure under section 21
(information available by other means) of the Act. The Department's data
on the number of premises covered by superfast broadband as a result of
projects supported by government funding, and the total numbers of
contracted premises, is available at the following location:

 

[2]https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1....

 

Future procurement estimates are published on [3]gov.uk and can be found
at the following link:

 

[4]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio....

 

Ofcom has published data on broadband coverage across the UK at postcode
level at: [5]https://checker.ofcom.org.uk/broadband-c....

 

 

The Department does not hold information on future coverage at exchange
level.

 

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,

 

Heather Batchelor

 

Head of Ministerial Support Team

Department for Culture, Media & Sport

4th floor, 100 Parliament Street

London SW1A 2BQ

[6]www.gov.uk/dcms

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