New Public Consultation 2017 - is your property classed correctly on our map?
The Superfast Essex programme is working to extend superfast broadband across Essex to more than 144,000 homes and businesses by December 2019 under its Phase 2 and recently announced Phase 3 rollouts.
We recognise that all this work will still leave some areas without access to superfast broadband speeds and Essex County Council wants to ensure that these properties are also included in future plans where possible.
Our ambition is to make superfast broadband available to nearly all homes and businesses by 2021.
Superfast Essex is working with commercial operators to encourage more private investment in broadband and in a number of areas within the county this is now happening. However, we are aware that sometimes the information we receive from commercial operators is inaccurate.
In order to identify exactly which properties have no superfast connection available or planned to be installed, the Superfast Essex programme would like your help to update its State Aid map of broadband coverage, which shows the status of superfast broadband availability for each property in Essex as we currently know it. Your feedback will help us to establish which areas should be eligible for future work beyond Phase 3.
The information displayed on this map was obtained from network operators during an Open Market Review (OMR) held in 2016 together with other public feedback previously received.
We therefore invite members of the public to consult the draft interactive State Aid map below and let us know whether or not you agree with the connectivity status for your property as shown here. Please use the online Public Consultation form at this link to submit your response.
Unfortunately, due to the amount of data we are processing, we need to automate this process and therefore a response option via email or hard-copy correspondence is not available. Residents in areas of poor connectivity are encouraged to use the facilities in Essex Libraries or if possible a workplace computer to complete their feedback.
As part of this consultation, we are also contacting broadband network operators in Essex and nationally to capture any updates to their rollout plans, as advised to Superfast Essex in the 2016 OMR mentioned above.
The public consultation runs from Monday 31st July 2017 and will be active for one month, closing at midnight on Thursday 31st August, after which Superfast Essex will analyse the responses received and update the State Aid map. This will then be used, together with the demand registered via our Make the Connection Survey, to underpin future public investment under the Superfast Essex programme. We will share the final map on this page in the autumn of this year, with investment plans to follow later as we shape them.
To read the consultation document, click on the link below:
Interactive NGA State Aid Map (July 2017 Draft)
The Interactive NGA State Aid Map (July 2017 Draft) below shows the latest coverage information based on network operator responses received under the 2016 OMR and Public Consultation and subsequent clarification of these responses by the operators. Some adjustments have also been made in response to feedback received from the public after the 2016 State Aid map was published in November 2016.
On the map you will see properties classed within the Next Generation Access (NGA) categories as required by EU State Aid legislation to indicate whether superfast broadband is or is not available: NGA Black (More than one superfast provider), NGA Grey (One superfast provider), NGA Under Review (Yellow - Superfast provision under review), or NGA White (No superfast providers). Please consult the key below the map to help you understand how these categories have been applied and what this means for your property.
Please note that the Superfast Essex programme is focused on the areas where there is ‘market failure’, i.e. there is no superfast coverage available and no plans exist to deploy this within the next three years. These are identified as NGA White on the State Aid map. Any properties not classed as NGA White are not eligible for future investment under the Superfast Essex programme.
Please note that all properties planned for work under the Superfast Essex programme are shown as NGA Under Review (Yellow). They will be updated to show as NGA Grey once deployment is completed. It is possible that due to some engineering reasons some properties planned under the current deployment may not actually achieve superfast speeds when the plans are fully implemented. In such cases these properties would then revert to NGA White classification and become eligible for future investment.
Please note this map is not to be confused with the Superfast Essex interactive rollout map, which shows the current Superfast Essex Phase 2 and 3 deployment plans, available at: www.superfastessex.org/maps