You might remember that the BBC announced it was planning to
financially contribute to BDUK's nation-wide broadband
The broadcaster has now confirmed that the rumours are true - it
will take £300m from its TV Licence
Fee pot in order to help the UK get better connected.
The extra budget will take BDUK's total funds from £530m
to £830m (as previously predicted) and will be made use of
This also means that the BBC will have a reserved seat on the
Broadband Portfolio Board along with the UK
Government's DMCS (which stands for the Department for Culture,
Media and Sport).
As quick reminder, many have been critical of BDUK's plan - a
fair number of industry insiders said that it was
tailor-made for BT.
Meanwhile Europe is still pondering whether or not to give the
deployment scheme the green light seeing as it feared that the plan
was slightly too "monopolistic" and that it placed certain
companies at an unfair advantage.