Fujitsu pulls out of Cumbria superfast broadband talks
Last updated at 15:00, Wednesday, 11 July 2012
Communications giant Fujitsu has pulled out of talks to supply Cumbria with a superfast broadband connection, the News & Star has learned.
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This among other Government BDUK projects is turning into a very slow but sure farce. BDUK have spent millions on administration and so will Local Authorities.The UK Government have not lost their grip on superfast broadband because they have never had one in the first place. But nonetheless support wasted millions on paper shuffling when networks could be delivered. Another survey anyone?
By all means, Marriman put your link up as to other city councils successfully negotiating with Sustransand all means, Bob and anon if you have any evidence to support your assertion that Sustrans ' got scared' as the reason that Â£1m was pulled from the city last year, lets hear about it. Sustrans was reported in this paper as saying in fairly clear terms that delays on the part of our council was the reason.I do not know who was to blame for the debacle but the explanations coming from Ray Bloxham were fairly feeble and it was all extremely disappointing.I look at Preston with great traffic free cycle routes along the river. I look at Lancaster with a fanatastic cycle path between Caton and Morecambe as well as a brand new cycle link connecting the River Lune Cycle path with the Lancaster Canal path.I look at Carlisle unable to maintain even the few cycle paths that it has or for that matter the Waverley BridgeCarlisle continues to be an embarrassment in terms of off road cycle or even pedestrian access. The Currock Bridge is a case in point. How can this city build a new bypass with no provision to access on the river footpath without climbing over several barbed wire fences.Anyway enough ranting - was not this article about broadband provision? Sadly we cannot get that right either.
Its not the council's fault, they are doing their best, but the whole process is skewed towards the incumbent and all the counties will face the same issue.
The councils should be allowed to let smaller companies tender, and get some alternative innovative solutions into the rural areas, and these altnets will soon start to harvest customers which means the incumbent will upgrade in the urban areas. winwin.
We need everyone onlne, not just a few near cabs going a bit faster. We need fibre. Moral and Optic.