Will the real rural broadband projects now happily co-exist with larger BT ones?
Monday, 15th July 2013 is not likely to go down as a key date for UK broadband but for the small projects chasing RCBF money it may prove the start of a turning point. Small rural projects have been complaining about delays in BT and the local authorities communicating the areas they will deliver to so that the smaller projects can avoid overlaps and unlock funding.
Cotswold Broadband has a copy of a short statement that the DCMS released after the meeting that was meant to help resolve the current war of words, and it appears that co-existence is the name of the game and an agreement that all the bodies will work together.
The question now is how long before the funding will be dished out and these small projects get underway. The delays do show the problem of trying to access public funds to supplement other forms of funding both in the effort needed to unlock the money and the slow delivery of the cash to the bank.