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NextGenUs a vocal rural broadband provider is in trouble
Friday 16 March 2012 09:17:04 by Andrew Ferguson

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.


Posted by opticalgirl over 5 years ago
Has anybody heard what this means for the FTTP deployment in Ashby de la Launde?
Posted by undecidedadrian over 5 years ago
If the company cannot pay itc creditors I would assume that the company will go into administration.

What happens after will depend on how the companies books look and what assets they hold.

But I would geuss any deployment is now off the cards with this firm.
Posted by Rocket_Man over 5 years ago
For those of you now looking for a good rural connection I suggest you look no further than where a more than adequate satellite solution can be found.
Posted by andyandyward over 5 years ago
@ Rocket_Man: Spamming. Anyone with a small amount of technical knowledge knows that satellite is NOT an adequate broadband solution, nevermind a 'next-generation' solution. You pay way over the odds for a measly monthly allowance and the latency is shocking - no chance of using a femtocell/SureSignal for your mobile.

We do need companies like NextGenus who are prepared to innovate and setup high speed networks, unlike the greedy corporate giants like BT who want a monopoly so they aren't forced to invest in the network.
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
But NexGenUs are going bust and not delivering what they promised, we need more of them??
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
There's plenty of reading to be done about that and pretty much all negative, a tin pot company with a big mouth (trying to take the council to court)

Doesn't reflect well when it comes to rural broadband projects
Posted by slax0r over 5 years ago
You may have misinterpreted andys comment. We need companies that have interests of customers high on the agenda, not just making profits and sitting on laurels.

Taking the council to court would have been a fair approach - it's accepted by many people that any involvement by BT would stifle innovation and competition. They invest and build the bare minimum, don't allow anyone to use their infrastructure to stifle competition and will charge top whack for it. That is taxpayers’ money, it should be spent wisely not just thrown at BT knowing full well their poor track record in investment.
Posted by creakycopperline over 5 years ago
knew gman99 would be here gloating as usual.
Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
It's unfortunate, it looks like expanding too fast for their revenue stream. Always a knife edge with companies that have large capital outlays for service.

Taking the councils to court would not be the right target... BDUK sets the rules, their stipulations are also based on EU tender rules. So the only area where they could have had success would have been the minimum revenue requirements... but they are there to protect people against what has happened to NexGenUs...QED
Posted by herdwick over 5 years ago
Internal conflict played out in the public domain and self destruction plus 200 expressions of interest in Cumbria turning out to be 20 paying customers.

If Ashby set up a company / CIC to own their network it should have some protection from this.
Posted by Somerset over 5 years ago
How much have BT invested in broadband so far?

NGU are/were having an interesting discussion with a local councillor from Ashby.
Posted by fastman over 5 years ago
BT deployment finishes by end of 2014 as part of its commercial deployment

slightly confused how a company depolying an open access networt could be accused of stifling innovation and competion
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
Or investment..... the FTTC/P rollout is probably the largest example of civil engineering works to take place on such a scale in many many years
Posted by otester over 5 years ago

The people were responsible for giving that monopoly the power is has today.
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