Why did you decide to set the speed cap for eligibility for gainshare funds at 15Mbps?
CDS has adopted an approach of supporting those areas with the poorest levels of speed. These areas tend to be in the hardest to reach parts of Devon and Somerset and are least likely to benefit from a commercially delivered solution in the near future. The approach to target investment predominantly in these areas continues to support this strategy. Whilst the Government has made a commitment to deliver a Universal Service Obligation where people can request a 10Mbps service, there are no firm plans to deliver this or clarity on how it will be funded or launched leaving these areas with no certainty of improved broadband. Until the Gainshare consultation process is complete, and CDS and BT have agreed the final solution, CDS cannot confirm the exact communities that will benefit from 30 Mbps connectivity. There may be an element where areas with higher current speeds but below 30 Mbps benefit due to the technical design of the solution.