Decision details

Digital Connectivity Infrastructure Accelerator (DCIA) Scheme Funding

Decision Maker: Executive Member for Access

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

Authorisation of submission of bid for funding from Digital Connectivity Infrastructure Accelerator (DCIA) Scheme

Decision:

Approval for submission of a bid for funding from the Digital Connectivity Infrastructure Accelerator Scheme by North Yorkshire County Council in conjunction with partner organisations.

Not open to call-in as urgency procedure applies.

Reasons for the decision:

The central purpose of the bid is to encourage the use of public assets for the role out of high-speed wireless and mobile connectivity. If the bid is successful, it will fund the delivery of a project which will focus on asset mapping, whilst incorporating full 3D modelling of the terrain and surface obstructions that affect wireless signals, as well as including high performance wireless propagation planning technology.
The outputs from this project will improve the proposition to communications providers, helping to improve Digital Connectivity across the County, as well as improving the Council’s ability to maintain and service its assets.

Alternative options considered:

The alternative option was to not submit a bid for the DCIA funding. This would result in a potentially missed opportunity to secure funding to deliver a number of benefits for NYCC and North Yorkshire residents, as outlined above.
This alternative option was rejected due to the clear economic and operational benefits associated with delivering the proposed project. It is clear that, without securing the grant funding from DCIA, this project would not be feasible against other service, financial and resource pressures.

Publication date: 18/11/2021

Date of decision: 17/11/2021