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Hull City Council to sell share in Kingston Communications
Tuesday 22 May 2007 15:40:52 by Andrew Ferguson

Kingston Communications started life in 1902 when Hull Corporation, part of the City Council, was granted a licence to operate services in the Kingston upon Hull Area. Since then, things have moved on seeing one of the first interactive television services launched in 1999.

News today on the indicates that Hull City Council is looking to sell its 157,499,999 ordinary shares (a 30.6% stake) 'subject, inter alia, to market conditions'.

In 2004 Kingston acquired Eclipse Internet, and then in 2007 Mistral Internet both giving the provider ADSL services across the UK.

With the amount of tactical buying and selling in the UK broadband market, it will be interesting to see which providers make a move. Kingston upon Hull is the only part of the UK to not have a BT local loop presence.


Posted by adriandaz over 9 years ago
Good, I hope someone buys them who isn't going to be as static (and useless) as Hull CC and that has some ambition to help drive the company forward, pioneer it into doing something first for a change instead of lagging behind everyone else.
Posted by stormy over 9 years ago
Hehe, indeed. It might be just the shakeup the telco needs. :)
Posted by adriandaz over 9 years ago
On the other hand it could ripped to shreds and left for dead by some private equity group. Probably most likely to happen as thats just the way the KCOM group is.
Posted by shieldstuk over 9 years ago
In the pre floatation days of KC we in the Hull where the envy of the rest of the country! We had the cheapest phone network; First company to introduce free itemised billing, a phone system at the leading edge of technology. But the council sold it and it has been down hill ever since
How many companies can they broadband from? ONE - with no access to any of the companies that offer free broad band as part of another package. The council should have kept more control and exercised it. Hopefully now KC will be taken over and the new regime will let us catch up with the rest of the country.
Posted by fusion99 over 9 years ago
thank god, hopefully someone will by in and open us up to abit more competition, KC might have pioneered in alot of things in there time but the internet isnt one of them, strangled speeds and extortionate prices, we lag so far behind the rest of the country its unreal, they make AOL look like a exciting option!
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