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Fujitsu pulls out of Cumbria superfast broadband talks

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?

Posted by Tavistock Superfast Broadband on 14 July 2012 at 11:02

By all means, Marriman put your link up as to other city councils successfully negotiating with Sustrans

and all means, Bob and anon if you have any evidence to support your assertion that Sustrans ' got scared' as the reason that £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 Bridge

Carlisle 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.

Posted by An angry city resident on 12 July 2012 at 17:35

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.

Posted by chris conder on 12 July 2012 at 15:28

Councillor Bob & Counillor Anon, you are completely incorrect, would you like me to send you a link?

Sultrans have now placed their money with Northamptonshire council, making a success down there. Please take off the council tinted glasses!

Posted by Marraman on 12 July 2012 at 13:25

Marraman - I am NOT a councillor and I am afraid you're factually incorrect about Sustrans. Sustrans got scared because they realised they couldn't deliver as promised.

Posted by Bob on 12 July 2012 at 11:45

Marraman. Sustrans pulled out because they expected the council to build a bridge, which the council said would only be built by private funds.

The biggest public failures we have seen are from organisations that couldnt adjust from the good times to the bad times.

Sustrans couldnt. It isnt just in Carlisle that Sustrans has messed up, its all over the country.

Posted by Anon on 12 July 2012 at 10:51

Mark, all I can say, it's a good job i wasnt standing when i read that post. Somehow the privatisation of BT caused the problem we are in now?

Wow, even the most disturbed, mentally ill socialist has to admit that BT privatisation and deregulation of telecoms was a tremendous success.

It was beyond anyone's wild imagination in the short term, medium term and long term.

It changed the world, putting telecommunications in private hands was replicated around the world.

Posted by Jim on 12 July 2012 at 10:49

Everyone knocking BT has no idea. British Telecom was once proudly owned by the people of great britain but Thatcher decided to sell off all the public companies in order for more competion and to gain revenue a very short sighted tack tick which is probably why our country is bust.

In the process BT was told it couldn't raise or lower it's prices for x number of years as this would be unfair to it's competitors.

The very competitors who could use the infrastructure British Telecom reseached, developed and invested public money into making.

Then we wonder why BT took a back seat for so long would you keep improving your services and infrastructure just so your competitors could claim more reward while you had your prices capped.

Posted by Mark on 12 July 2012 at 10:31

Coucnillor Bob & Coucnillor Anon, please listen to what everyone is telling you! Sutrans pulled out due to the council dithering about (as usual)...NOT because they moved the goalposts.
Why do people on the council payroll live in their own make believe world??!?!?

Posted by Marraman on 12 July 2012 at 10:30

This is exactly what hapens when you put 1970's business attitudes inplace-nothing,open this up to tender and it will be done,don't rely on this prefered bidder rubbish that is just an excuse to take the cream and leave the dish, and get us to wash the dish,open it up to more companys it will be cheaper and go further.BT are monopolising telecommunications it should be broken up in cumbria they have too much power and not enough competition.

Posted by james O on 12 July 2012 at 08:22

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