NextGenUs has been a relatively high profile figure in the rural broadband area, claiming to have near to 500 customers in the Hull and East Yorkshire area, in addition to a network in parts of Cumbria. Guy Jarvis has posted on the company blog that the NextGenUs group is unable to pay its creditors.
The situation appears to be more complex than the company simply running out of funds, Guy Jarvis is also claiming the admin mail server was hacked on 12th March, but that oddly emails for the previous four months from the admin account are not to be considered official correspondence.
Customers in Hull and East Yorkshire area are having their service maintained by KC, who provided the ongoing link to the Internet anyway. The Unofficial Karoo User Forums are perhaps one of the best sources for updates on the current situation, and indicate that Quickline who had undertook to do some caretaking of the network are stepping back from this position.
We hope that common sense will prevail, and the current situation be resolved quickly, as a protracted public battle could lead to serious damage for other small scale broadband projects, both community and commercial.