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Digital Region Project To Close

Monday August 19 2013

Digital Region project to end Digital Region project to end

THE controversial Digital Region superfast broadband project is to close - despite the council investing millions in the scheme.

Barnsley Council and other shareholders in the 'pioneering' project have agreed to halt their search for a private sector partner.

In a statement, Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield councils, along with major shareholder, the government's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, said they had agreed a managed closedown of the superfast broadband network.

Had the project continued it would have cost about £95.8million and officials say closure of the network will save the taxpayer about £12.5million - and potentially more - subject to negotiations with existing contractors and customers.

In a joint statement the four councils said moving existing Digital Region Limited customers to alternative networks is the most cost-effective deal for the public purse.

What do you think to this news? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by Mick on Monday August 19 2013 at 11:24
£83 million to be written off and a direct cost to the people of Barnsley of £7 million and I bet not one council official will lose their job. It will be no-one's fault.

This project should never have gone ahead, why compete to provide something that the private sector was always going to do anyway?

And having gone ahead with the project it was never promoted. It needed to be advertised as much as BT / Virgin / Talk Talk & the rest advertise services, and it needed to be CHEAPER than the established brands to build up a customer base.

Another total cock-up!

Reply Posted by ET on Monday August 19 2013 at 11:46
Well haven't we got a brilliant forward looking greasy fingered bunch of councillors, aren't we proud of them!!!!

Reply Posted by notsurprised@gmail.com on Monday August 19 2013 at 12:25
Now why am I not surprised by this, uneducated, ill-informed people in charge - heads should roll - but they won't, they will just go onto the next money losing project - now how much better could that money have been spent improving the town. We have enough high speed providers in the area, they were never going to compete, better to have given that money to Virgin or BT to expand their networks into the areas with poor internet access.

Reply Posted by Guesty Mcguest on Monday August 19 2013 at 14:37
I predicted this months ago when the press release about how a couple more million was being given by each council. The result will now be that One of the major providers will get the network for a knock-down price, on the plus side though we will be actually be able to use the service, though at what price is anyones guess.

Close to 100 Million wasted on this cockup and not one person held accountable. - Where does it stop?

Reply Posted by Rainbow on Tuesday August 20 2013 at 17:57
Someone recieved all this money, the consultants, the designers, the contractors, all they had to do was flannel our gullible politicians that it was a good idea and get them to sign the checks. That's how local politicians get their knighthoods.???