First of all, thank you for all the people who completed the poll.

And now the results.

Is the proposed BDUK framework good for the broadband industry and customers?

  • 63% disagree
  • 21% are unsure
  • 14% agree
  • 2% were unaware of the framework

I suppose the upside is that the BDUK have done a good job of promoting the framework, but with only 1 in 7  supporting the framework it suggests more work is needed to engage with people.

Is the Government’s 2015 broadband target still realistic?

  • 80% said “No”
  • 11% said they were “Unsure”
  • 9% said it was achievable

Such a clear statement surprised me – personally I have moved from a big “Yes” to “Unsure” and drifting towards “No”, and not really known for sitting on the fence I suspected that the answer would be more nuanced than this. I guess my concern about such a clear sentiment is that there may be a temptation to redefine the goals so Sir Humphrey can try to persuade us the goals have been met – perhaps by limiting Europe to the EU, or by redefining the speed within a band which begins at just 15 Mbps.

Do you feel more or less optimistic than 6-months ago about the development of “superfast” broadband in the UK?

  • 2% were a lot more optimistic
  • 20% were a little more optimistic
  • 5% felt it was too difficult to call
  • 40% were a little more pessimistic
  • 33% were a lot more pessimistic

So a clear majority (73%) are feeling less happy about the way we are progressing towards our digital future than at the beginning of the year. This didn’t surprise me – I can’t remember the last conversation I had with anyone in the industry that felt things were moving along nicely, and certainly confidence in BDUK’s ability to deliver seems to have taken a major knock in recent weeks.

I have to come clean now – the reason I set the poll was to cheer me up. I was hoping the message coming back would be that its not as bad as I thought and I should look for the positives because they’re clearly out there. Sadly the clear majority feel at least as depressed as I do.

The poll was set up to be anonymous – I’d really like the 2% who are more optimistic and the 14% of who think the BDUK framework is helpful to contact me and tell me why they are more positive than the majority. I won’t publish names if you prefer, but I’d really like to see the more positive side.

So if you said you’re more optimistic or you felt the BDUK framework is a good thing – contact me! Please!

  1. Adrian Wooster says:

    Sorry Phil, I missed your comment. There were just shy of 200, and 4 people appear to be a lot more optimistic. One has come forward, a respected member of the industry, but has opted not to take up the chance to write a blog on their optimism.
    Quite a few people have since come forward voting the other way and I was pleasantly surprised by some of my electorate – quite a few well known & respected name who were pleased to have anonymity.

  2. Neil Blake says:

    The BDUK work book supporting the recent DEFRA invitation to apply for broadband funds is lamentable. Don’t publish WIP as a definitive document when it is unfit for purpose. It reflects bureaucracy overtaking ambition without the resources to do a decent job in time. I think it has all ground to a financial standstill. Someone reassure me …. please

    • Adrian Wooster says:

      Your comments are noted but evidence from other communities suggests you’re wrong, and I’m assuming that since you posted on my blog this time you want a public response rather than the email discussion we’ve had so far.

      As I pointed out to you, the data-book to support a bid to the RCBF contains little you wouldn’t need to complete a business plan should you be asking for funding from private sources; I see no reason why public bodies wouldn’t want to know that you have proof of demand, have a basic understand of your broadband landscape, your potential competition, and the offering you plan. If you think this is to challenging, perhaps you’d like to try a private equity house and see if they ask for less.

      Also as pointed out to you, local authorities, including yours, have been willing to help communities to complete the application process, and in some cases have been willing to offer grants to help fund the process – don’t think the average private equity house does that.

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