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State aid refers to forms of assistance (including funding) given by a public body to any undertaking or business which is providing goods and services in a particular commercial market and where such assistance has the potential to distort competition and affect trade between member states of the European Union.
In relation to the programme this means that we can’t spend the funding in areas where there is already a provision or planned provision in the next few years for Superfast Broadband. We did an Open Market Review before we issued the tender to suppliers to identify what services were currently being provided commercially. This gave us the White, Grey and Black areas, defined below:
If your postcode isn’t in a White area then it isn’t eligible for intervention.