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About This Site

The N3 website is designed with accessibility in mind and is working towards the World's Website Accessibility Initiative in terms of being useable by those with visual or physical impairments. The content will be provided jointly by the N3 Service Provider (N3SP) and the Authority.

Using the Search facilities

This site makes use of the Verity search engine. There are several ways to use the search engine. Below is a common example of how to enter words into the search engines.

Example Search result

  • high,speed,network will look for the words: high or speed or network
  • high speed network will look for the phrase: high speed network
  • network will look for the words: network, networks, networking, or networked
  • networking AND N3 will look for the words network, networks, networking, or networked, and the word N3

We will be looking at ways in which to refine the search engine and make your search even easier in the future and as the site develops.

File Formats and Viewers

Web pages and documents are generally provided in HTML, Rich Text Format (RTF), Excel (XLS), or Adobe PDF format. Viewers are available for users who do not have the necessary programs installed on your PC.

Adobe Viewer can be obtained from the Adobe web site. Microsoft Viewers can be obtained from the Microsoft web site (if this link is broken or does not open, visit and type viewers in the search box.)


In general, the site is designed for people to read information, reports and articles on-line to gain the benefits of using any hypertext links. When printing pages, the navigation menu and branding information will not be printed.

Contact Us

Use the Contact us section for details of how to contact us.

Privacy statement

Your information is being collected on behalf of the Authority by the N3 Service Provider (N3SP).

The Data Protection Act
Under the Data Protection Act, the Authority and BT have a legal duty to protect any information we collect from you. We do not pass on your details to any third party for any purpose unless you give us permission to do so.

Site usage information

Use of cookies

When someone visits we collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. We collect this information in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting. We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifying information from any source.

About Cookies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

The table below explains the cookies we use and why.

Cookie Name Purpose More Information
Google Analytics


These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. You can choose to disable these by clicking here.
Click here for an overview of privacy at Google
Content Management System Cookies CFID
These cookies are essential for the site to function and only store data to check if a user is an administrator of the Content Management System.  
N3 Cookie Acceptance N3COOKIESACCEPTED This cookie is used to record if a user has declined the use of cookies on the N3 website.  

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit

Links to other sites

All links are provided for information and convenience only. No responsibility is accepted for any content or programs provided or used in any other websites you open from within this website. External websites can change link locations, please report any broken links using the feedback form.

Computer Viruses

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that the information and data that is held on this N3 site is free from computer viruses or other contamination. However, it is recommended that content downloaded from this site, is checked by your own anti-virus checking system prior to use.

The N3 Service Provide or Authority cannot accept liability for any damage, however caused to computer systems and/or data contained therein by any programs, including viruses, in content downloaded from this N3 web site.


The N3 Service Provider or the Authority cannot guarantee uninterrupted access to this website, or the sites to which it links. We accept no responsibility for any damages arising from the loss of use of this information. We will however, endeavour to maintain the site's availability at all times.


The N3 Service Provide or Authority does not accept responsibility for any loss, damage or expense resulting from the use of this information. If you believe that there are errors, omissions or inaccuracies please contact the webmaster using the feedback form.