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Broadband Project Failed in UK

Broadband Project Failed in UK

Added: Saturday, August 31st, 2013
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extrattorrent.com, 2013
A bungled broadband project in South Yorkshire has been scrapped – the experts estimate that the final cost to local authorities was more than £80 million.


Indeed, the Digital Region broadband project was supposed to provide 98% high speed coverage to the South Yorkshire area, but despite grant and loan funding from the currently defunct Yorkshire Forward group, the above mentioned project takeup appeared very low. As a result, no large Internet service providers signed up to the network. Although Digital Region was supposed to be a self financing project allowing to bring growth to the area, it only had 3,000 paying customers against the initial 108,000 forecast.

In the meantime, £45 million in public money was lent to the Digital Region along with the £80 million figure, which was ultimately written off by Yorkshire Forward. According to councils, they had to come to a decision that it would be more cost effective to cancel the service instead of finding private sector partners.

At the moment, there is at least 80% coverage across South Yorkshire, but it has been reached with the help of the private sector, not Digital Region. The local authorities admitted that there are clearly some lessons to be learned because the project has not performed as anticipated. It seems that someone needs to understand why it happened like that and make sure nobody gets in that position again.

August 31st,2013

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Date:  Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Comments (14) (please add your comment »)

posted by Turtle (2013-08-31 16:56:30)
ivorbigun avatarYorkshire? ... LED Watches and video recorders are the new tech fads there

posted by (2013-08-31 19:43:53)
No avatarI live not to far from the main BT building, where they came up with the broadband we use now, and we are barely at 6mb down, it's ridiculous that they would rather spend 60billion on a train than get our internet infrastructure to even match the rest of the worlds speeds

posted by (2013-08-31 22:34:09)
Fidius avatarI'm on virgin 60mb superhub and don't have a problem with my connex apart from the odd torrent site here and there being blocked ..lol.....cant say i have heard much about this Digital Region broadband project cant say it effects me either

posted by (2013-09-01 01:14:40)
No avatarIt needs it, before i got upgrade i was getting 3mb. cant even get virgin tv in the area im in lol

posted by ET lovermen (2013-09-01 02:14:18)
brods73 avatari thought there was a Yorkshire based broadband isp? cant remember the name though, oh well i live in a different part of the uk so im ok with the 60mb speed i get(its the fastest i can afford)

posted by (2013-09-01 04:56:07)
No avatarnar then,i live in Yorkshire.what's these new fandangled LED wetches thy is on abart? video recorders? i seh, video recorders? we've got coil,there's no gas int village. broadband? t' 3 members int brass band is all i knows.

posted by Turtle (2013-09-01 07:23:19)
ivorbigun avatarlol @ stevetoplad

posted by (2013-09-01 08:08:54)
hairpin100 avatar"The local authorities admitted that there are clearly some lessons to be learned" Yeah, don`t let tw*ts run the local authority!

posted by (2013-09-01 10:06:48)
chains_in_uk avatarYeah local authorities are the dumbest idiots around how many times have you heard the saying....LESSONS WILL BE LEARNED SO THIS WONT HAPPEN AGAIN.For gods sake go to a local school and recruit 10 - 15 year olds you will probebly get a much better job done.

posted by (2013-09-01 18:23:43)
mikealphaecho avatarI'm from yorkshire,my internet is about 100mbit.I have NO complaints

posted by (2013-09-01 21:46:48)
djandg avatarIt was too expensive !!! Period.

posted by (2013-09-02 10:21:07)
masterblaster_earth avatarnumber 6 CLASS

posted by (2013-09-03 22:53:54)
Darkan9el avatar@6 hahaha! not from yorkshire but pretty close tha nose. av just gone fibre and feel as fit as a butchers dog far'it, it's reet fast is EE

posted by (2013-09-03 23:02:11)
Darkan9el avatarThe at of Ecky Thump: www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJxGi8bizEg

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