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Fixed wireless to help plug holes in superfast coverage in Colchester
Wednesday 30 July 2014 08:46:13 by Andrew Ferguson

While in central London the blame game is underway over who is at fault for poor coverage in some areas, areas like Colchester in Essex appear to be getting on with actually providing solutions for businesses.

County Broadband who have provided a fixed wireless service in parts of Essex and Suffolk for some eleven years has won £200,000 of support from Colchester Borough Council via the Local Growth Fund with the aim of providing fast fixed wireless infrastructure across the business parks in the Borough at superfast broadband speeds.

This funding does not replace the existing superfast broadband project that is running at the County level and is delivering to some business parks in Colchester already but appears to be an attempt to ensure blanket coverage, though the nature of fixed wireless means there will be overlaps between the two projects.

Comments

Posted by fastman over 2 years ago
interesting -- no procuurement - 200k is above dimimums lievel so interesting to see how they have negatd the stage aid withouth procurement and spent tax payers money on areas eleigible for BDUK
Posted by fastman over 2 years ago
Local growth fucn still shoudl be subject to tender for Inftrastructure as it is public money

Posted by gerarda over 2 years ago
It seems it is grant funding - not a procurement exercise.
Posted by fastman over 2 years ago
its public money you canot give a public money in grant form without procurnement for infrastructure
Posted by fastman over 2 years ago
infrastructure is covered specifically by state aid rules
Posted by gerarda over 2 years ago
it seems to fall well short of the definition of infrastructure
Posted by fastman over 2 years ago
broadband is infrastructure -- and infrastrcuture is subject to state aid -- you cannot give public money to a commerial organisation without formal tender
Posted by fastman over 2 years ago
what is built is infrastructure what you purchase is a a service
Posted by gerarda over 2 years ago
on your argument there could be no grants for anything other than services when in fact grants are almost impossible to obtain for services
Posted by fastman over 2 years ago
Gerada for broadband infrastructure you cannot give public money to a commercal organisation without formap procurement - its breaks against state aid rules -
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