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Negotiating the Maze: State Aid and Next Generation Broadband

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State aid is an issue that perplexes many of us developing broadband projects. To help you negotiate your way through this maze INCA has set up this seminar with an expert panel whose members can explain the policy and practical issues.
image showing eventinvitation from Dave Carter, Chair of INCA


  • 1pm: Registration and Networking Buffet Lunch
  • 2pm: Seminar (download the full agenda)
  • 5pm: Drinks reception and Networking
We are delighted that Hervé Dupuy, Deputy Head of Unit at DG Connect (formerly DG InfoSoc), European Commission, will join our very strong panel for the afternoon.
We are also delighted to announce that global law firm DLA Piper has agreed to provide sponsorship for the seminar, enabling us to provide a limited number of free places for poorly-funded organisations.
The Programme is in four sections:
1) The European Dimension
The first session on the agenda focuses on the European dimension, Europe's ambitions, the 2020 targets, the new draft State Aid Guidelines, CEF, different models for deployment and what we need to do in the UK and Europe to achieve the targets. The speakers contributing in this session include Hervé Dupuy, European Commission, Tony Shortall of Telage and Chris Holden of Corning and the FTTH Council Europe.
2) State Aid in the UK
The second section deals with practical experience from the UK in both urban and rural projects, plus some of the higher level issues about where we are going with the BDUK process. In this session we will hear from David Cullen, INCA Board and former CEO of NYnet, Raj Mack, Head of Digital Birmingham which has recently gained approval for their Ultrafast project and Dave Carter, Chair of INCA and Head of Manchester Digital Development Agency.
3) State Aid & the Private Sector
In the third session we will hear from two key private sector players - Mark Collins, of City Fibre Holdings and Nick James of UK Broadband giving their perspective on how private investment and state aid can best work together with FTTH and Wireless networks.
Also Felipe Florez Duncan from Oxera Consulting, who will speak about the economic aspects of state aid. Oxera produced the widely respected report 'How A Co-investment Model Could Boost Investments in NGA Networks', published by Vodafone.
4) State Aid Compliance & the New Draft Guidelines
The final session includes Duncan Gillespie of DLA Piper who will explain some of the key issues in project design, with Louise Lancaster, INCA's Policy & Regulatory advisor, who has analysed the new draft State Aid guidelines from a UK, non-incumbent perspective.

Who should attend

Local authority officers working on BDUK, RCBF and independent projects, private sector broadband companies, community broadband projects.

We aim to keep the costs as low as possible. The charge for the seminar is £200 plus VAT, with a discounted fee for INCA members of just £100 plus VAT. For further information about joining INCA and taking advantage of the discounted event fee please see visit our membership pages or contact Malcolm Corbett.
We have a number of free places available for unfunded/poorly funded community projects. If this describes your organisation please contact us to request a free place at this event.

Event Details

July 24th, 2012 1:00 PM  to  5:00 PM

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The Frontline Club
13 Norfolk Place
W2 1QJ
United Kingdom
Representatives of INCA member organisations (£100 plus VAT): £ 120.00
Non-member delegates (£200 plus VAT): £ 240.00

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