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Evaluation of the Rural Community Broadband Fund - RE0255

The Government’s aim is to have the best superfast broadband network in Europe by 2015 , with all rural communities able to access standard broadband (i.e. 2Mbps minimum), and at least 90% of premises in each county having access to superfast broadband (30Mbps and above and in no circumstances less than 24Mbps). The £20m Rural Community Broadband Fund was launched on 29th November 2011 to provide funding for community projects to implement superfast broadband (SFBB) beyond the standard connection. It is aimed at the 10 per cent hardest to reach areas which risk only receiving access to the minimum standard 2Mbps broadband. The RCBF is jointly funded by Defra and Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) as part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE).

This monitoring and evaluation project will generate evidence on how communities are using the RCBF to implement superfast broadband in an efficient, cost effective way and assess value for money of the RCBF to inform future decisions on rural broadband delivery.
There are two main aims of the project that will require a mix of process, impact and economic evaluation:

1) To assess the process by which organisations secure RCBF and develop new Superfast Broadband (SFB) infrastructure.
2) Estimate and evaluate the actual economic, social and environmental benefits of the RCBF programme.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2012

To: 2015

Cost: £300,164
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Regeneris Consulting
Monitoring and evaluation              
Fields of Study
Rural Affairs