Wales' Superfast broadband

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Dear Welsh Government,

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I am writing to make an open government request for all the
information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000.

Please send me recorded information, which includes information
held on computers, in emails and in printed or handwritten
documents as well as images, video and audio recordings.

If this request is too wide or unclear, and you require a
clarification, I would be grateful if you could contact me as I
understand that under the Act, you are required to advise and
assist requesters.(Section 16 / Regulation 9).

If my request is denied in whole or in part, I ask that you justify
all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the act. I
will also expect you to release all non-exempt material. I reserve
the right to appeal your decision to withhold any information or to
charge excessive fees.

If any of this information is already in the public domain, please
can you direct me to it, with page references and URLs if
necessary.

Please confirm or deny whether the requested information is held ( section (Section 1(1)(a) and consider whether information should be provided under section 1(1)(b), or whether it is subject to an exemption in Part II of the Act.

If the release of any of this information is prohibited on the
grounds of breach of confidence, I ask that you supply me with
copies of the confidentiality agreement and remind you that
information should not be treated as confidential if such an
agreement has not been signed.

I would like the above information to be provided to me as
electronic copies, via WDTK. The information should be immediately
readable - and, as a freedom of Information request, not put in a PDF or any closed form, which some readers may not be able to access.

I understand that you are required to respond to my request within
the 20 working days after you receive this letter. I would be
grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received
this request.

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Please consider the ICO's Decision on the provision original documents on file, rather than newly written letters of response.

https://ico.org.uk/media/action-weve-tak...

This request does not require a letter, drafted by the external affairs department, or any other written input by reputational defence employees, and purporting to be the response to a FOIA response.

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My request is in relation to this article:

'Welsh government attempts to plug gaps left by BT in superfast broadband rollout with new project

'Welsh government claims it accepts BT's issues are 'real' as it pushes forward with £3m project

' The Welsh government is looking for alternative ways to ensure that all premises in Wales are connected to ‘superfast' broadband services by June 2016, because its current broadband provider BT has reported issues in certain locations that will prevent it from extending services to the whole of the country.

'The Welsh government signed a deal with BT for the ‘Superfast Cymru' programme, which, when combined with BT's own commercial fibre rollout in the country, aimed to provide 96 per cent of Wales with a 'world-class' fibre broadband network'.

http://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/news/2395...

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Please supply:

a. The number of Welsh households.

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If possible, all figures requested below both as a percentage and as a figure as of Welsh households.

Example: Llan village : 2500 households - 1250 have superfast broadband - 50 percent.

1. Since the BT contract with ends in June, I would like to know the number and percentage of Welsh households which had Superfast broadband before the BT contract was signed.

2. And the number and percentage which are connected to Superfast broadband to now.

3. I would also like to know which Welsh rural town and village areas now have Superfast broadband.
( see gvt classification below)

4. And the number of households connected to Superfast broadband in each rural town /village.

5. And which rural town/ villages do not have Superfast broadband.

6. And which rural town/ villages/ BT have stated that is impossible to provide with Superfast broadband.

7. How much has WG spent on the Superfast broadband project so far?

8. And what is the WG projected final Budget for Wales' Superfast broadband

9. The projected date of Superfast broadband completion?

10. And the projected final figure/ percentage of Welsh households that will receive Superfast broadband?

NB Village:
Rural Urban Classification

For the purposes of this request I am asking that the definition match the government's own categories to be evaluated as rural villages and towns:

A.rural town and fringe
B.rural town and fringe in a sparse setting
C.rural village and dispersed
D.rural village and dispersed in a sparse setting.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/sy...

Yours faithfully,

Jt Oakley

Welsh Government

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Please find attached an acknowledgment letter to your recent request for
information.  Please direct any replies to [1]es&[email address]
.  
 
Kind Regards
 
Gemma Thomas
Uned Busnes y Llywodraeth / Government Business Unit
Adran yr Economi, Gwyddoniaeth a Thrafnidiaeth/ Department for Economy,
Science and Transport
Llywodraeth Cymru / Welsh Government
QED Centre, Treforest, RCT, CF37 5YR
 
 
 
 
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drwy’r GSi yn cael ei logio, ei monitro a/neu ei chofnodi yn awtomatig am
resymau cyfreithiol.

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Dear Welsh Government,

PLEASE NOTE THE REQUEST :

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Please supply:

a THE NUMBER OF WELSH HOUSEHOLDS,

:::

If possible, all figures requested below both as a percentage and as a figure as of Welsh households.

Example: Llan village : 2500 households - 1250 have superfast broadband - 50 percent.

1. Since the BT contract with ends in June, I would like to know the number and percentage of Welsh households which had Superfast broadband before the BT contract was signed.

2. And the number and percentage which are connected to Superfast broadband to now.

3. I would also like to know which Welsh rural town and village areas now have Superfast broadband.
( see gvt classification below)

4. And the number of households connected to Superfast broadband in each rural town /village.

5. And which rural town/ villages do not have Superfast broadband.

6. And which rural town/ villages/ BT have stated that is impossible to provide with Superfast broadband.

7. How much has WG spent on the Superfast broadband project so far?

8. And what is the WG projected final Budget for Wales' Superfast broadband

9. The projected date of Superfast broadband completion?

10. And the projected final figure/ percentage of Welsh households that will receive Superfast broadband?

NB Village:
Rural Urban Classification

For the purposes of this request I am asking that the definition match the government's own categories to be evaluated as rural villages and towns:

A.rural town and fringe
B.rural town and fringe in a sparse setting
C.rural village and dispersed
D.rural village and dispersed in a sparse setting.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/sy...

Yours faithfully,

Jt Oakley

Yours faithfully,

Jt Oakley

Dear Welsh Government,

Welsh Government have delayed.

They have not replied to your FOI request Wales' Superfast broadband promptly, as normally required by law.

The request will therefore be referred to the ICO

Yours faithfully,

Jt Oakley

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Organisation:    Welsh Government  
Contact name:  Gemma Thomas

Address:  Gemma Thomas
Uned Busnes y Llywodraeth / Government Business Unit
Adran yr Economi, Gwyddoniaeth a Thrafnidiaeth/ Department for Economy,
Science and Transport
Llywodraeth Cymru / Welsh Government
QED Centre, Treforest, RCT,

Postcode:   CF37 5YR
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freedomofinformationofficer@wales.gsi.gov.
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Welsh Government

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Please find attached a reply to your recent request for information. 
Please direct any replies to [1]es&[email address].  Apologies for
the delay.
 
Kind Regards
 
Gemma Thomas
Uned Busnes y Llywodraeth / Government Business Unit
Adran yr Economi a’r Seilwaith/ Department for Economy and Infrastructure
Llywodraeth Cymru / Welsh Government
QED Centre, Treforest, RCT, CF37 5YR
 
 
 
 
 
On leaving the Government Secure Intranet this email was certified virus
free. Communications via the GSi may be automatically logged, monitored
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Wrth adael Mewnrwyd Ddiogel y Llywodraeth nid oedd unrhyw feirws yn
gysylltiedig â’r neges hon. Mae’n ddigon posibl y bydd unrhyw ohebiaeth
drwy’r GSi yn cael ei logio, ei monitro a/neu ei chofnodi yn awtomatig am
resymau cyfreithiol.

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Dear Welsh Government,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Welsh Government's handling of my FOI request 'Wales' Superfast broadband'.

1. Please consider the Act ...

'Recorded information, which includes INFORMATION HELD on computers, in emails and in printed or handwritten
documents as well as images, video and audio recordings' .

2. Thank you for your letter but please consider the Decision - as stated in my request:

This request does not require a letter, drafted by the external affairs department, or any other written input by reputational defence employees, and purporting to be the response to a FOIA request.

The decision on the production of original documents:

https://ico.org.uk/media/action-weve-tak...

Your response :

'The projected final budget for the Superfast Cymru intervention is £224 million, which includes contributions from the UK Government and the EU'.

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Therefore I note that there is not one single document or any recorded data provided in your response.

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In addition, surely government auditors would wish to know where and how this large sum of money is being spent?

Your response seems to suggest that WG is unaudited and therefore no controls are placed on this work, which seemingly is taking place in areas unknown to the WG.

However, there is a sum for work already completed - which has been quoted in the response.

So how can the WB be in a position to quote the this amount - without consulting file data already held?
Therefore, logically, file data has been withheld.

Please therefore provide the missing data.

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

Yours faithfully,

Jt Oakley

Welsh Government

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Please find attached an acknowledgment to your recent complaint. Please direct any replies to es&[email address] .

Regards,

Uned Busnes y Llywodraeth I Government Business Unit
Adran yr Economi, Gwyddoniaeth a Thrafnidiaeth I Department for Economy, Science and Transport
Llywodraeth Cymru| Welsh Government

Welsh Government

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Dear Jt Oakley,
 
Please find attached a reply to your recent complaint.  Please direct any
replies to [1][email address].
 
Cofion/Regards,
 
Uned Busnes y Llywodraeth / Government Business Unit
Adran yr Economi a’r Seilwaith/ Department for Economy and Infrastructure
Llywodraeth Cymru / Welsh Government
QED Centre, Treforest, RCT, CF37 5YR
 
 
On leaving the Government Secure Intranet this email was certified virus
free. Communications via the GSi may be automatically logged, monitored
and/or recorded for legal purposes.
Wrth adael Mewnrwyd Ddiogel y Llywodraeth nid oedd unrhyw feirws yn
gysylltiedig â’r neges hon. Mae’n ddigon posibl y bydd unrhyw ohebiaeth
drwy’r GSi yn cael ei logio, ei monitro a/neu ei chofnodi yn awtomatig am
resymau cyfreithiol.

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Dear Welsh Government,

Thank you but a complaint has already been received by the ICO.

If you wish to read the grounds, they are in the publically accessible WDTK internet site.

Yours faithfully,

Jt Oakley

Jt Oakley left an annotation ()

The issue has received further publicity. Yet the WG is still maintaining that it has nothing regarding the issue or complaints on file.:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-36824...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-polit...

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/business/bu...

http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/na...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-36463...

The request has been accepted for investigation by the ICO.

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