Cumbria superfast broadband project delayed again
Last updated at 15:54, Thursday, 14 June 2012
The project to roll-out superfast broadband across Cumbria was today hit by another delay when county councillors deferred a decision to award a £40 million contract to either BT or Fujitsu.
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Marraman, I am afraid it is you who speaks nonsense on this matter. You would be wise to read TB's more considered reaction.It is simply impossible for "experts" to make all decisions. And even if it was possible, which experts do we choose? Are you sufficiently naive to believe that experts would all recommend the same solution? If life was that simple, we would know the one true answer to current economic woes. Sadly, however, expert economists differ enormously in their expert opinions.So, in a democracy, we elect some of our peers and vest in them authority to act on our behalves and on the basis of appropriate advice.You may believe such a system to be inefficient, but your suggests on expert governance betray huge misunderstanding and a rather shallow appreciation of the position.
And what is your point James? We are using existing infrastructure here. We are living with the legacies of decisions many many decades ago. Which were right at the time but now represent difficulties in scaling up.South Korea is very different. Thirty years ago it's most advanced areas were us fifty years ago, and in their worst places, were us in the seventeenth century.Almost all their recent development has been new from the ground up. There is no legacy, like here.It is cheaper to do it new, especially in areas in which labour is cheap, than it is here which laying new technology on top of old infrastructure.The exchange in Carlisle is just off Botchergate. It is there for no purpose that suits the modern world except it was the old GPO exchange building after the war. Much of the infrastructure is based on 'it's always been there'. Many people are using copper wires that were put up in the late sixties. The *same* cable, often in older houses the extension cable can be pre sixties.In the UK we get an amazing job done by BT openreach (bt retail are another case) who maintain the lines and carry out the investment. We probably have some of the best competition and prices in the west.It is frustrating when you live in a rural area or any area that is outside of the 4km-5km from the exchange sweet spot for broadband.
With reference to paul M i have attached and interesting link on broadband speeds around the world i would particularly like to bring your attention to south korea,just because i don't do this as a proffesion does not mean i am not up to speed with technology and information regarding this,i get my information not just from this country but from around the world as this country usually gives a one sided story about this matter so companys can monopolise and charge and give a service they want, not what is available or what is best.http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7098992.stm