Rural broadband business case

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Dear Department for Culture, Media and Sport,

I would like to request under the FOI Act a copy of the Treasury 5 case outline business case (OBC) for the rural broadband contracts that were subsequently all awarded to BT.

Yours faithfully,

Mike

FOI, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

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Dear Mike

 

We write with reference to your information request of 7 October in which
you asked:

 

“I would like to request under the FOI Act a copy of the Treasury 5 case
outline business case (OBC) for the rural broadband contracts that were
subsequently all awarded to BT.”

 

We are dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(the Act) and can confirm that we do hold information that falls within
the scope of your request.

 

The Department does however consider that some of this information may be
exempt from disclosure under Section 43 (commercial interests) of the Act.
Under the Act, we need to consider, taking into account all the
circumstances of the case, whether the balance of the public interest lies
in our providing you with the information or in maintaining the exemption
and withholding the information. 

 

We regret that DCMS has not yet reached a decision on the balance of
interest. We apologise for the delay, and  will write to you again as soon
as we can but by no later than 3 December.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

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Freedom of Information Team

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FOI, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

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Dear Mike

We write further to our email of 5 November with regard to your
information request in which you asked:

“I would like to request under the FOI Act a copy of the Treasury 5 case
outline business case (OBC) for the rural broadband contracts that were
subsequently all awarded to BT.”

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

I can confirm that the Department has now concluded the public interest
test to determine whether sections of the information you had requested
should be exempt from disclosure under Section 43 (commercial interests)
of the Act. Our conclusion is that the information should be released.   

The Department’s original Outline Business Case for the rural broadband
programme is provided as requested (attached). Much of the information in
this OBC has been made public and can be found in the Programme Delivery
Model document which was published in September 2011 on the Department’s
website (see link:
[1]https://www.gov.uk/.../78021/BDUK-Progra....
The Broadband Impact Study also provides new evidence on the benefits of
superfast broadband.

Yours sincerely

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Freedom of Information Team

4^th Floor, 100 Parliament Street, London SW1A 2BQ
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[7]www.gov.uk/dcms

 

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