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Rural broadband take-up percentages, differentiated according to length of time upgraded

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Dear Department for Culture, Media and Sport,

I would like to know for the quarter ending December 2014, for each local authority
project, the percentage take-up of superfast broadband where green cabinets (or Exchange Only lines) have been upgraded with fibre-optic cable as part of the BDUK-funded rural broadband project.

Please also provide similar figures for projects that are funded by money that came from DEFRA's RCBF scheme, even if now subsumed within BDUK.

Within both those sets of figures please provide start dates of the project, and a breakdown according to cabinets/lines upgraded for 350 days or more, and for fewer than 350 days.

Thank you

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

Birgitte Charles, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Dear Mr Cosgrove,

Thank you for your information request of 12 January.  You asked:

“I would like to know for the quarter ending December 2014, for each local
authority project, the percentage takeup of superfast broadband where
green cabinets (or Exchange Only lines) have been upgraded with fibreoptic
cable as part of the BDUKfunded rural broadband project.

Please also provide similar figures for projects that are funded by money
that came from DEFRA's RCBF scheme, even if now subsumed within BDUK.

Within both those sets of figures please provide start dates of the
project, and a breakdown according to cabinets/lines upgraded for 350 days
or more, and for fewer than 350 days.”

 

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

 

I can confirm that the Department holds the information you have
requested. However, the information is exempt from disclosure under
Section 22 (intended for future publication) of the Act. Section 22
provides an exemption against release where the information will be made
available to the public in the near future. For this exemption to apply
there is a requirement to conduct a public interest test to determine
where the balance of public interest lies for the release of the
information.

 

We have considered the arguments in favour of release alongside those in
favour of withholding the information. It is our view that, whilst there
may be an interest in early sight of this information, there is also a
strong public interest to ensure that publication of information takes
place in accordance with certain procedures to ensure accuracy and
consistency.  The information you have requested will be published by the
Department in due course, and we therefore consider the balance of public
interest to fall on the side of withholding the information at this point
in time.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Freedom of Information Team

Department for Culture, Media & Sport

4th floor, 100 Parliament Street

London SW1A 2BQ

 

Tel: 020 7211 6395

[1]www.gov.uk/dcms

 

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
this email to:  [2][email address]

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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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 'Rural broadband take-up percentages, differentiated according to length of time upgraded'.

If this is also unsuccessful, I will, of course, refer it to the Information commissioner. I will argue that as you released similar information to me last year, but because of the way the information was presented (largely my fault for not being precise enough) any conclusions would be misleading, therefore a rephrased request will enable meaningful conclusions to be drawn.

In the meantime I will publicise your refusal widely through my many contacts.

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,

Patrick Cosgrove

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

Dear Mr Cosgrove,

Thank you for your further email of 9 February where you request an
internal review into the handling of your previous Freedom of Information
request of 12 January to the Department, where you requested the
following:

“I would like to know for the quarter ending December 2014, for each local
authority project, the percentage takeup of superfast broadband where
green cabinets (or Exchange Only lines) have been upgraded with fibreoptic
cable as part of the BDUKfunded rural broadband project.

Please also provide similar figures for projects that are funded by money
that came from DEFRA's RCBF scheme, even if now subsumed within BDUK.

Within both those sets of figures please provide start dates of the
project, and a breakdown according to cabinets/lines upgraded for 350 days
or more, and for fewer than 350 days.”

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.

In our response of 9 February to your Freedom of Information request, we
informed you that: “the Department holds the information you have
requested. However, the information is exempt from disclosure under
Section 22 (intended for future publication) of the Act. Section 22
provides an exemption against release where the information will be made
available to the public in the near future. For this exemption to apply
there is a requirement to conduct a public interest test to determine
where the balance of public interest lies for the release of the
information.

We have considered the arguments in favour of release alongside those in
favour of withholding the information. It is our view that, whilst there
may be an interest in early sight of this information, there is also a
strong public interest to ensure that publication of information takes
place in accordance with certain procedures to ensure accuracy and
consistency.  The information you have requested will be published by the
Department in due course, and we therefore consider the balance of public
interest to fall on the side of withholding the information at this point
in time”.

You have now requested an internal review of this decision.

I have now conducted a review and the decision is upheld for the following
reasons:

We still consider that this information should be withheld under Section
22 of the Act. I can confirm that the December set of data is currently
being collated and will be made available shortly from the BDUK home page
at:

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

It will also be published on the external Google pages document under "See
your local area’s status on our shared spreadsheet (Google Doc) and Google
Map." at....

[2]https://docs.google.com/a/culture.gov.uk...

The Department will continue to publish the data within three months of
receipt of the finalised quarterly figures.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to report your concern to the Information Commissioner.  The
Information Commissioner can be contacted at Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF or by email at [3][email address].

Yours sincerely,

 

Paul Roberts

Head of Ministerial Support Team

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Patrick Cosgrove

Dear FOI Mailbox (fao Paul Roberts, Head of Ministerial Support Team)

Thank you for your reply to my request for an internal review. Before I decide whether to refer this to the Information Commissioner or not, I would be grateful for clarification on one point. In your reply you have said that the information I requested is currently being collated and will be published shortly. Do you mean that it will be published in the format requested, which was with start dates of the project, and a breakdown according to cabinets/lines upgraded for 350 days or more, and for fewer than 350 days? Or do you mean that it will be published in the way that it has previously been made available where those two factors were not taken into account?

Yours sincerely,

Patrick Cosgrove

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.
  

Nigel Wakelin, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Dear Mr Cosgrove

Thank you for your information request of 25 March. You asked

 “Thank you for your reply to my request for an internal review. Before I
decide whether to refer this to the Information Commissioner or not, I
would be grateful for clarification on one point. In your reply you have
said that the information I requested is currently being collated and will
be published shortly. Do you mean that it will be published in the format
requested, which was with start dates of the project, and a breakdown
according to cabinets/lines upgraded for 350 days or more, and for fewer
than 350 days? Or do you mean that it will be published in the way that it
has previously been  made available where those two factors were not taken
into account?”

I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
The data is published in the same way it was previously published, this is
because BDUK does not have the data that would provide "a breakdown
according to cabinets/lines upgraded for 350 days or more, and for fewer
than 350 days?” The local bodies also do not hold this data as they don't
receive cabinet level take up information.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Nigel

 

Nigel Wakelin  

Freedom of Information Team

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

Tel: 020 7211 6358
@dcms  /dcmsgovuk [1]www.gov.uk/dcms

 

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
this email to:  [2][email address]

            

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.

 

 

References

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Patrick Cosgrove

Dear Nigel Wakelin,

Dear Mr Wakelin,

Thank you for your reply in which you state that BDUK does not hold take-up broadband data differentiated between under and over 350 days since connection because local bodies do not hold it in this format. The reason I requested the information in this format is because of a reply I received from the Welsh Assembly on 24th November which was in a particular format. See link:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/2...

Perhaps, I was not precise enough in my request, although it was fairly obvious what I was after. Therefore, unless Wales is the only local body that collects data from BT in this manner, mirroring the exact format that the Welsh Assembly used, separate to this email I have resubmitted my request as an new FOI, slightly rephrased, and with one more quarter added, as follows

I would like to know for the quarters ending December 2014, and March 2015, for each local authority project, the percentage take-up of superfast broadband where green cabinets (or Exchange Only lines) have been upgraded with fibre-optic cable as part of the BDUK-funded rural broadband project. Please also provide similar figures for projects that are funded by money that came from DEFRA's RCBF scheme, even if now subsumed within BDUK. Within both those sets of figures please provide start dates of the project, and a breakdown according to cabinets/lines upgraded for
< 50 days
51-100 days
101-200 days
201-350 days
<350 days
overall

Thank you

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

Yours sincerely,

Patrick Cosgrove

Nigel Wakelin, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Dear Mr Cosgrove

 

Thank you for your information request of 20 April. You asked:

 

“… know for the quarters ending December 2014, and March 2015, for each
local authority project, the percentage takeup of superfast broadband
where green cabinets (or Exchange Only lines) have been upgraded with
fibreoptic cable as part of the BDUKfunded rural broadband project. Please
also provide similar figures for projects that are funded by money that
came from DEFRA's RCBF scheme, even if now subsumed within BDUK. Within
both those sets of figures please provide start dates of the project, and
a breakdown according to cabinets/lines upgraded for

< 50 days

51100 days

101200 days

201350 days

<350 days”.

I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000. I can confirm that whilst it may be relevant for a local
contracting Authority, like the Welsh Government, to collate the cabinet
level data that you have requested, BDUK does not have a performance
metric that requires that particular data to be collated by BDUK.

 

As previously explained, BDUK does however publish the quarterly takeup
data provided by BT on the google document that can be accessed through
the BDUK pages of the [1]dot.gov website
[2]https://docs.google.com/a/culture.gov.uk...
jBnNGwxeHhqMHc#gid=0

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Nigel

Nigel Wakelin  

Freedom of Information Team

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

Tel: 020 7211 6358
@dcms  /dcmsgovuk [3]www.gov.uk/dcms

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
this email to:  [4][email address]

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.

References

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2. https://docs.google.com/a/culture.gov.uk...
3. http://www.gov.uk/dcms
4. mailto:[email address]

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