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Fixed wireless to help plug holes in superfast coverage in Colchester

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

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

  • fastman
  • over 3 years ago

Local growth fucn still shoudl be subject to tender for Inftrastructure as it is public money

  • fastman
  • over 3 years ago

It seems it is grant funding - not a procurement exercise.

  • gerarda
  • over 3 years ago

its public money you canot give a public money in grant form without procurnement for infrastructure

  • fastman
  • over 3 years ago

infrastructure is covered specifically by state aid rules

  • fastman
  • over 3 years ago

it seems to fall well short of the definition of infrastructure

  • gerarda
  • over 3 years ago

broadband is infrastructure -- and infrastrcuture is subject to state aid -- you cannot give public money to a commerial organisation without formal tender

  • fastman
  • over 3 years ago

what is built is infrastructure what you purchase is a a service

  • fastman
  • over 3 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

  • gerarda
  • over 3 years ago

Gerada for broadband infrastructure you cannot give public money to a commercal organisation without formap procurement - its breaks against state aid rules -

  • fastman
  • over 3 years ago

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