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 Minutes from the Communications Meeting on 19 September 2013

 Battisford Broadband and Telephony Group October 2013 Newsletter

 House of Commons Public Accounts Committee Blasts Procurement Approach

The Battisford Group have been in contact with the Public Accounts Committee chaired by Margaret Hodge MP. The PAC has blasted the procurement approach used by the rural broadband programme. Only BT and Fujitsu were appointed to compete but Fujitsu pulled out in March 2013 leaving BT as the monopoly supplier.

This powerful committee have recommended that the plan to spend a further £250 million of tax payers money should be put on hold until a better procurement procedure is developed.

Public Accounts Committee also demand more openness

Even after this £1.2 billion broadband investment at least 10% of the population will still be without superfast broadband. The PAC recommended that the roll out plans be made public to allow other suppliers to identify those communities let down and to offer other non BT solutions.

Full report on PAC Rural Broadband at:- www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmselect/cmpubacc/474/47408.htm

Battisford Broadband and Telephony Group

A working group has been established by the Parish Council and they are:

PC Cllr Annie Hand

PC Cllr Chris Knock

PC Cllr Stella Zethraeus

Nicky Cleaver

Wayne Cleaver

Ben Skinner

Jonathan Pope

Tim Durrant

Esther Jewson

David Card

Your views and your experience of the broadband and telephone service you receive are vital to our work on your behalf so let us know.

Please forward in confidence your email address so we can keep you up to speed with what we are doing by Emailing battisfordbroadband@gmail.com

Keep up to date on the Parish website www.battisfordbroadband.com

Dated 17 October 2013

Where are we now?

At the second public meeting held on Thursday 19th September Suffolk County Council representatives attended but disappointingly BT did not. a contract that has disadvantaged and disenfranchised Battisford and at least another 20 communities in Suffolk from the multi-million Suffolk Community Intervention Broadband project and failed to secure a contractually enforceable undertaking from BT that in the BT Commercial Zones (which includes Battisford) BT would supply superfast broadband.

In all the correspondence and meetings what is abundantly clear is that SCC agreed a contract that has disadvantaged and disenfranchised Battisford and at least another 20 communities in Suffolk from the multi-million Suffolk Community Intervention Broadband project and failed to secure a contractually enforceable undertaking from BT that in the BT Commercial Zones (which includes Battisford) BT would supply superfast broadband.

Attached is a letter sent yesterday to Suffolk County Council. It spells out the current broadband situation and seeks assurances that our County Council will honour its promise for Suffolk Broadband. So do read it and contact us if you want further details.   Please click here to read the letter.

In the meantime the campaign goes on for Reliable Telephones and Super Fast Broadband....................................

If you would like to contact the Broadband Group to report a fault with Broadband or your telephone, or if you would ilke to join the group or help in anyway you can email the Broadband Group directly by clicking on the link.

Email the Broadband Group.

You can also help by reporting any issues you have had with your broadband, by leaving your comments, below.

Agenda for Broadband and Communications Public Meeting - 19 September 2013

Details of coverage for the Better Broadband Project can be found on the following website www.betterbroadbandsuffolk.com