By a County Press reporter
Friday, September 13, 2013
WIGHTFIBRE is considering legal action following the appointment of BT as the preferred supplier for super-fast rural broadband.
The Isle of Wight Council cabinet voted in favour of the appointment at its meeting on Tuesday.
Chief executive of the Isle of Wight company John Irvine warned: "For too long the council has swallowed BT’s propaganda on this subject without question.
"The reality is BT’s 'theoretical model’ will not deliver the speeds promised to anything like the 97 per cent of homes promised. WightFibre hopes promises of speeds are made contractually binding to the point where council subsidy will be returned when the required speeds are not delivered.
"Despite the apparent glowing report from the National Competency Centre that this procurement process has been very well run by the council, WightFibre believes the proper process was not followed and does not rule out legal action to remedy this."
The council has said the contract was subject to stringent performance conditions.
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by James McAdder
17th September 2013, at 12:59:04
Anyone who still think BT are the right people for this should try entering BT Phorm into their favourite Internet search engine.
by Frazer Munro
17th September 2013, at 00:24:41
7 Value for Money
17th September 2013, at 00:21:41
Key issues :1 BT chose not to invest in these areas2 BT choose to offer only a technology based on copper phone lines which in rural areas is unfortunately less efficient and more costly to deploy than other available solutions. BT's own choice of technology is 'unaffordable' for them to invest/risk their own money in rural areas3 Only eligible bidder = BT4 Once tax payer's money goes to BT the public purse will get no equity in the equipment or path to reward within the deal. All public organisations - Schools, Hospitals, Libraries, Emergency Services and IWC 'assets' will have to pay 'full price' for using the infrastructure that the public bought. BT will receive 'standard income' when public organisations use publicly funded infrastructure - no discounts5 Spending public money deploying effective/efficient systems where services genuinely don't exist = commendable. Failing to model that around what exists = deplorable6 Solid specification guarantees7 Val
16th September 2013, at 12:16:44
Another example of why BT Broadband sucks:-http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/09/16/what_happened_when_we_paid_bt_late/
by roger mazillius
16th September 2013, at 09:06:53
KT, try re-sending as it could well be it was dealt with in error.
15th September 2013, at 21:52:50
BT have had little interest in providing anything other than an exceedingly sub-standard ADSL service with poor backhaul, traffic shaping and filtering.I switched from BT to Wight Cable (then) several years ago after becoming sick and fed up with my supposed 8Mbps connection delivering a mere 4,5Mbps which dropped to under 0.5Mbps every evening and the totally and utterly useless (not to mention expensive) offshore (lack of) helpline.Now on Wight Fibre's WiMax service which delivers 10Mbps 24/7 with no traffic shaping or filtering (true net neutrality) and a local (and local rate) helpline.
by David Blackford
15th September 2013, at 07:54:30
Remember when we used to manage on 50KB with dial-up?
by Stephen Elliott
14th September 2013, at 10:19:02
Yes sounds like they counted all their chickens before they hatched.
by B Lane
13th September 2013, at 19:37:12
Sour grapes by the sound of it, as for BT propaganda I have fibre from a rival of BT's, unlimited delivering a download speed of 74Mbs for the same as Wightfibre are offering for 30Mbs. That is amplly fast enough for myself 2 teenagers and an assortment of connected devices.
by K Thornton
13th September 2013, at 18:49:24
Agreed Liam, and the fibre contract costs for an average business in comparison to BT are so far out it is laughable. I'm all for buying local but they simply are not competitive.
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