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Big Local Issues & Enquiries => Talkswindon WiFi Inquiry => Topic started by: Geoff Reid on November 22, 2010, 01:08:23 AM

Title: Will 'Rikki Fix It' For Bathgate WiFi Before Work In Swindon Even Starts?
Post by: Geoff Reid on November 22, 2010, 01:08:23 AM
 
Hearing that Bathgate, (a small town in Scotland), was to be the first Scottish town to deliver a BID, (Business Improvement District), and that a reasonable chunk of cash was to be sprinkled upon the town, Rikki Hunt hot-footed it up North and did a feasibility study - i.e, he went up there to check that the lamposts were metal and round, and that there were no hills in the landscape. 

Anyhow, is this the Rikster Schmoozing it in Bathgate?

(http://www.talkswindon.org/politics/wifi/Bathgate%20WiFi/John%20Rikki%20Hunt%20Bathgate.bmp)


www.BathgateBID.net (http://www.BathgateBID.net) had someting to say about this in it;s June 2010 newsletter:


Coming soon.....Bathgate Wi-Fi (http://www.bathgatebid.net/EB%20NEWS%20June2010.pdf)


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As part of the TCRF works Enterprising Bathgate Ltd have commissioned GetSignal Ltd to complete a feasibility study into the introduction of a town centre Wi-Fi Zone. The Zone would cover the Town Centre and provide a limited amount of free Wi-Fi for businesses, shoppers and visitors. A focus event will be held in early August, further details will be provided at a later date.



And the Bathgate Regeneration Page says: (http://www.bathgatebid.net/regeneration.html):


The Bathgate Bid Regeneration Page (http://www.bathgatebid.net/regeneration.html) states:

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Enterprising Bathgate bid secures £600,000
from Town Centre Regeneration Fund

Enterprising Bathgate has now secured £600,000 from this fund. A joint bid between Enterprising Bathgate and West Lothian Council was successful in bringing this extra funding for the town. The same partnership has also pledged an additional £260,000 to supplement the fund. The money will be used to support the regeneration and growth of Bathgate’s traditional town centre.

Ian Davison Porter, Project Director, Business Improvement Districts Scotland commented:

    “Enterprising Bathgate was the first Business Improvement District in Scotland and is a great example of a really strong partnership of the private and public sectors, which was, I believe, one of the considerations when the funding application was assessed”.

David Stein, Chair, Enterprising Bathgate added

    “We were all delighted when we received the news about the funding award and everybody in Bathgate is very excited about what this means for the town. We are now hard at work with West Lothian Council to ensure that the budget is spent wisely and benefits the whole town centre.”

The main projects include:

    * New George Street streetscape
    * Creation of new “St. David’s Square” civic space
    * Revamp for Steelyard
    * Further Support for Premises Improvement Scheme
    * New Wi-Fi supported town centre
    * New access / mobility improvements for streets and vennels
    * New signage to help create “sense of place”
    * Creation of safe and accessible pedestrian connections
    * Improved cycle access to town centre.
    * CCTV Upgrade



A contact of mine in West Lothian tells me that she thinks the WiFication of Bathgate is going ahead.  They are aware of Digital City/Getsignals appalling record of non-delivery in Swindon, but it seems they're not as tooled up to perform any serious scrutiny of the Bathgate Wifi 'deal' as we are down here, so the locals are pretty much helpless passengers in the process.


I don't generally have much interest in what goes on North of Carlisle, but I do wonder whether, (while we're still waiting to see some sign that Rikki Hunt, Chief executive officer of Digital City (UK) Ltd, will 'fix it for Swindon'), he'll 'fix it for Bathgate' first, despite having already been paid to supply Borough wide coverage in Swindon. 



(http://www.talkswindon.org/politics/wifi/Bathgate%20WiFi/Rikki%20Hunt.jpg)
Title: Re: Will 'Rikki Fix It' For Bathgate WiFi Before Work In Swindon Even Starts?
Post by: Ringer on November 22, 2010, 07:41:56 AM
I had to look twice at the photo, is it a Rik'll Fix it?
Title: Re: Will 'Rikki Fix It' For Bathgate WiFi Before Work In Swindon Even Starts?
Post by: Tea Boy on November 22, 2010, 07:44:31 AM
Or more to the point are we paying for it?

Is Rikki desperate to have a working system, that he's managed to con strike a deal with another authority.

How do we know that our £450,000 for a non-existant service won't be spent in Bathgate rather than in Swindon?

Just who is holding Rikki and his companies to account?
Title: Re: Will 'Rikki Fix It' For Bathgate WiFi Before Work In Swindon Even Starts?
Post by: Des Morgan on November 22, 2010, 08:02:58 AM
This confirms what many of us have felt - that Rikki Hunt is super at selling a project concept but awful at delivering a result.

Bathgate councillors must have been blinded by the aura that seems to surround Rikki's pronouncements.

I hold out little hope that Swindon Concillors will hold him to account
Title: Re: Will 'Rikki Fix It' For Bathgate WiFi Before Work In Swindon Even Starts?
Post by: Ringer on November 22, 2010, 08:41:31 AM
This confirms what many of us have felt - that Rikki Hunt is super at selling a project concept but awful at delivering a result.

Bathgate councillors must have been blinded by the aura that seems to surround Rikki's pronouncements.

I hold out little hope that Swindon Concillors will hold him to account

It is a private company that has borrowed £450,000 from Swindon Council Taxpayers as authorised by Cllrs Bluh and Edwards, that is to be paid back after 2 years (Not sure when that starts and finishes?) I would suggest as that is the terms and as far as my understanding goes in these matters, that councillors do not need to hold anyone to account except possibly those that signed the loan off? 
Title: Re: Will 'Rikki Fix It' For Bathgate WiFi Before Work In Swindon Even Starts?
Post by: Des Morgan on November 22, 2010, 08:51:06 AM
The £400k is indeed a loan and it is to be paid back in two years from the date of the first drawdown which was October 2009. Therefore the loan is not due for repayment until October 2011.

However, the loan was made subject to conditions, the primary one being that a Borough wide Wi-Fi network was installed.  The issue of 'holding to account' is not simply directed to the security of the loan but also at the works promised and contracted for.

Swindon Councillors do have an obligation to the people to ensure that a contracted for service is provided. It is quite amazing that since the second drawdown of £250,000 made in the first week of May - some 6 months ago there has been no progress made in Wi-Fi provision in the town cnetre never mind the wider Borough. If that is not a cause for concern, I'm not sure what is!!

Officers of SBC expressed the need to release the second tranche of funds on the basis that to delay would possibly lead to the Wi-Project 'stalling' - I submit the project has stalled despite the £250,000 being paid out.
Title: Re: Will 'Rikki Fix It' For Bathgate WiFi Before Work In Swindon Even Starts?
Post by: Ringer on November 22, 2010, 08:57:41 AM
The £400k is indeed a loan and it is to be paid back in two years from the date of the first drawdown which was October 2009. Therefore the loan is not due for repayment until October 2011.

Des
Good point and logical, but nothing appears logical or normal about the deal i would suggest that it is reasonable to expect the loan to have started its clock ticking from first draw dow. What if it is not due until the day after the last draw down? Or from the May 2010 date?

Councillors don't know it has been claimed on here so it could be that the clock on two years has not even started ticking as some 50,000 is still due to be drawn down according to something I read on here written by you. ;)
Title: Re: Will 'Rikki Fix It' For Bathgate WiFi Before Work In Swindon Even Starts?
Post by: Bobby Bingo on November 22, 2010, 11:45:52 AM
Can I suggest that we ask each councillor what this "project" is all about.
I asked this question of a Conservative coucillor of many, many years standing and she did not have a clue.
So tackle your local councillor and let them explain the project to you.
I am sure you will be dumbfounded with the results.
Title: Re: Will 'Rikki Fix It' For Bathgate WiFi Before Work In Swindon Even Starts?
Post by: Geoff Reid on November 22, 2010, 12:52:45 PM
Can I suggest that we ask each councillor what this "project" is all about.
I asked this question of a Conservative coucillor of many, many years standing and she did not have a clue.
So tackle your local councillor and let them explain the project to you.
I am sure you will be dumbfounded with the results.

When WiFi originally appeared in the public arena I asked the only Councillor for Freshbrook and Grange Park who was, and still is, a cabinet Member. Peter Greenhalgh.

As Bluhligan #2, you'd be forgiven for expecting that Cllr Peter would know as much as anyone about the terms of the wifi deal, however, this is an impression he worked quite hard to avoid giving to people.  I thought he worked just a little too hard at distancing himself from it to be brutally honest and very early on I formed the opinion that he was sunk in it up to his nuts.  Readers should form their own opinions.

Cllr Peter, or 'Pogo' as Lamplighters are now referring to him, originally told me that:

Quote from: Peter Greenhalgh
"This is just a commercial loan"

I think it's fairly obvious that I didn't take Peters word for it and it wasn't very long after conversation that Chris Watts was steered toward Talkswindon and he, I and Komadori, (where is Komadori?), began looking a wifi intently from several different angles, and discovered very rapidly that there was nothing commercially 'normal' about the wifi deal whatsoever. The rest is history.

In the early days, and don't take this the wrong way Des - it isn't a criticism, other interested folk like Des Morgan were, almost to a man, making mostly positive noises about wifi and I remember being quite bemused by a speech Des made at an open cabinet meeting.  I was heartened when Des finally saw through the Bluhligan bullshit and added what he knew to the TS pool of knowledge.

Btw, in the Civic Offices at that point in time, Chris Watts was being referred to as 'f*cking Chris Watts' and me as 'Geoff f*cking Reid'.  Dunno what we're called these days, I suspect it is has not becopme more pleasant with the passage of time, but I don't really care.

It appears that Bluhligans and Directors couldn't quite bring themselves to attack the pseudonym of 'Komadori'.  Perhaps they were more afraid of him than Chris and I.
Title: Re: Will 'Rikki Fix It' For Bathgate WiFi Before Work In Swindon Even Starts?
Post by: Spectre on November 22, 2010, 01:47:54 PM
Does this sound familiar?

Bodgit, the dodgy builder, starts your buiding work but only after you have given him a sub up front.
When he has built some of the work he comes back to ask for the remaining money agreed to complete the project which he says "will be finished by X date. You stupidly believe him and pay up.

Bodgit then promptly disappears for several months saying he has to start another job. On making belated enquiries ( due diligence) you find out this is how Bodgit normally conducts his business.

You wish you had taken notice of all those consumer programmes on TV. Only pay for work done. :'(
Title: Re: Will 'Rikki Fix It' For Bathgate WiFi Before Work In Swindon Even Starts?
Post by: Des Morgan on November 22, 2010, 02:27:27 PM
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Good point and logical, but nothing appears logical or normal about the deal i would suggest that it is reasonable to expect the loan to have started its clock ticking from first draw dow. What if it is not due until the day after the last draw down? Or from the May 2010 date?

The recorded minute is quite clear the clock starts ticking from the first drawdown
Title: Re: Will 'Rikki Fix It' For Bathgate WiFi Before Work In Swindon Even Starts?
Post by: Des Morgan on November 22, 2010, 02:55:01 PM
Hi Geoff - I would never take anything you say 'the wrong way' - I certainly was in support of the Wi-Fi project as a project which could benefit the town - my problem was and always has been with the association with Digital City. When i first read about the scheme (November 2009) I was so amazed that within 24 hours i penned my first letter to the Adver - dated 17 November, which read as follows

Sir – I was quite surprised to read that Swindon Council has taken a 35% stake in the enterprise to provide Wi Fi connectivity to Swindon homes.  While on the face of it this appears to be an innovative and exciting project one really does have to question the timing.  Only 24 hours previously the Council was presenting a picture of doom and gloom with financial deficits running into several millions of pounds.  The burghers at the Civic Offices were talking about ‘hard choices’ having to be made with ‘priorities’ being established.  In the twinkling of an eye we now have a joint venture – for which the Council is alleged to have ‘invested’ £400,000 of taxpayer money in the vague hope that revenue might be earned sometime in the future.

The press release issued by Swindon Council suggests that interested residents should log onto www.getsignal.co.uk (http://www.getsignal.co.uk) It is indicative of the ‘cart before the horse’ principle that there is no website, only a message saying it’s on its way.

I hope the project is a success for the consortium involved but I do not believe the Council should be part of the consortium as it is not the Council’s role to undertake commercial risk – our taxpayer pounds are not gambling chips for the use of Rod Bluh and his colleagues.  The role of the local authority is to facilitate and assist enterprise, not to loan money.  As for Rod Bluh’s silly comment about ‘creating total social inclusion through our free service’ – he really does need to grow up – it is not a statutory or moral duty for the Council to ensure all residents have free access to the Internet in just the same way as it is not the duty of the Council to ensure we all have free access to Sky Sports, which incidentally would be more welcome.

As my interest in the subject was whetted, I became a little more interrogative of SBC and Coun Bluh at this point I spoke to Steve Wakefield and began to make contributions to TS.  I would be very interested to know what comments i made to bemuse you. However- rest assured that simply because I was not contributing to TS before March 2010 (I never knew it existed before then) doesn't mean i wasn't active in opposing the way in whcih the scheme was being put together.

Title: Re: Will 'Rikki Fix It' For Bathgate WiFi Before Work In Swindon Even Starts?
Post by: Geoff Reid on February 21, 2011, 12:00:21 AM

Bump.

You'll understand why as this week unfolds....  :)
Title: Re: Will 'Rikki Fix It' For Bathgate WiFi Before Work In Swindon Even Starts?
Post by: Geoff Reid on August 28, 2011, 12:51:02 PM

Buuuuump....
Title: Re: Will 'Rikki Fix It' For Bathgate WiFi Before Work In Swindon Even Starts?
Post by: Des Morgan on December 16, 2011, 02:28:50 PM
You may recall that Officers were 'requested' by the Scrutiny Committee in March 2011 to ascertain “ the exact date Coun Perkins was made aware of the decision of Bathgate Bid to not choose Digital City as its partner to provide a Wi-Fi scheme.”

It will come as no surprise that the second attempt at an answer is as vague as the first which suggests the words 'exact date' might as well be written in a foreign language. But here is the latest answer. 

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Regarding the date of Bathgate withdrawal from the Digital City proposed Wi-Fi scheme, Rikki Hunt , former CEO of the company, has confirmed that the company did receive a letter which he believes was dated the 6th December 2010, however,  he was first personally aware of this on the 15th December 2010, having been out of the office earlier in December .  Cllr Perkins would only have been made aware of this  after the 15th December 2010

Let us be quite clear Bathgate did not withdraw from the DC proposed scheme they simply rejected the proposal. It is also the case that the Council is fully aware that the letter from Bathgate was dated 6 December 2010. Mr Hunt is being reasonable when he suggests he became aware as at 15th December and i accept that Coun Perkins knew sometime 'soon after the 15 December'.

What I do find disturbing is that Mr Hunt and Coun Perkins have both claimed in a public meeting (Scrutiny 7 February 2011) that 'an element of interference' and negative and detrimental comments about the DC Wi-Fi scheme in swindon had been reasons why Bathgate had not chosen DC to do their Wi-Fi scheme. Such claims were baseless as was the somewhat inglorious boast of Mr hunt that 'while the project had stalled he remained confident it would move forward' - for Coun perkins he indulged himself in emphasisng the supposed social inclusion aspects of the scheme (aspects incidentaly which have never been developed) and claimed somewhat piously that "there was large scale interest from businesses looking to invest in the business" - what utter tripe he was spouting and to think he asked us all to believe him.

What compounds the nonsense expounded by Coun Bluh and Perkins was the comment that 'all seven strands (objectives) as identified in the original cabinet note remained part of DC going forward' - the sheer hubris of these two Councillors demonastrates their limited grasp of the basic principles of straighforward and honest comment. DC was not going forwad and they both knew it. DC was financially in the 'fatal stages of insolvency' and there was no white knight charging forward to 'bail it out'
Title: Re: Will 'Rikki Fix It' For Bathgate WiFi Before Work In Swindon Even Starts?
Post by: ph1lc on December 16, 2011, 11:21:10 PM
Another great post Des.

What they needed to grasp in late 2010 was that the project was going nowhere without further funding. That being the case the Council had three choices.

1)  Invest the required monies. They would have had to offer the other shareholders the chance to do so. Rikki clearly couldn't, and I very much doubt if Aqovia could either. That would have left them owning virtually all the company.

2) Underwritten a bank loan on behalf of DC

3) Accepted that the shares they held in DC were worthless, and let another player have the company for a nominal £1, on condition that directors guarantees were put in place to cover the £400k.

Option 2 would not have been politically acceptable, but 1 or 3 would have got them out of the mess.

Their denials and inaction, trying to blame Des and other TS detractors only made the final outcome more certain. Perkins was out of his depth and the electorate can judge him next May. Bluh on the other hand is an accountant - I presume qualified, although his conduct here leads me to question this, and as such should have been able to see where this was ending. He should quite frankly along with Edwards and the Director of finance resign immediately.

Des you've played a blinder, in the face of personal insults and the like, I'm glad you still wont drop the bone. I hope you make the maximum noise next May, preferably on the wider media.

Title: Re: Will 'Rikki Fix It' For Bathgate WiFi Before Work In Swindon Even Starts?
Post by: Muggins on December 17, 2011, 09:05:31 AM
Unfortunately the people that vote for them do not know half of this and will listen to the propoganda. 
Title: Re: Will 'Rikki Fix It' For Bathgate WiFi Before Work In Swindon Even Starts?
Post by: ph1lc on December 17, 2011, 09:13:21 AM
That's the danger Muggins, it's up to us to make sure that WiFi is an issue at the elections.
Title: Re: Will 'Rikki Fix It' For Bathgate WiFi Before Work In Swindon Even Starts?
Post by: Outoftowner on December 17, 2011, 09:16:18 AM
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Unfortunately the people that vote for them do not know half of this and will listen to the propaganda. 

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That's the danger Muggins, it's up to us to make sure that WiFi is an issue at the elections.

How do we make sure that the story of what happened in the Wi-Fiasco and those that took part in it is made public?
Title: Re: Will 'Rikki Fix It' For Bathgate WiFi Before Work In Swindon Even Starts?
Post by: Muggins on December 17, 2011, 09:27:41 AM
Also my question?   Without the media being prepared to do that it seems there is only one way  - leaflets, and if that info comes on opposing  political party leaflets, it will probably not be disregarded.

It needs an independent leaflet.  Not an independent person standing, but just independent. 
Title: Re: Will 'Rikki Fix It' For Bathgate WiFi Before Work In Swindon Even Starts?
Post by: ph1lc on December 18, 2011, 01:06:48 AM
Sorry Muggins I disagree, Bluh, Perkins and Edwards must have an Independant candidate against them. That way we can make it personal.
Title: Re: Will 'Rikki Fix It' For Bathgate WiFi Before Work In Swindon Even Starts?
Post by: Muggins on December 18, 2011, 08:42:42 AM
Sorry, didn't make it clear what I meant, have as many standing against them as you like.

What I meant is that the message would be more powerful from someone/a group telling them the bare facts without asking to be voted in too.  I'm sure that the ordinary voter is sick to death of hearing what might appear to be political back-biting (see Mart's many posts) and it falls off like water off a duck's back/or on deaf ears/or in one ear and out the other.
Title: Re: Will 'Rikki Fix It' For Bathgate WiFi Before Work In Swindon Even Starts?
Post by: Got Signal on December 18, 2011, 02:23:50 PM
Political back biting did not cost tax payers £400k  did it?  :popcorn:
Title: Re: Will 'Rikki Fix It' For Bathgate WiFi Before Work In Swindon Even Starts?
Post by: Mart on December 18, 2011, 02:42:26 PM
Political back biting did not cost tax payers £400k  did it?

No, it costs far more than that.

A significant number of decisions at local and national level are not driven by need or a clearly defined request from the electorate. They are made to make a distinction in philosophy between the decision maker and those who desire to make the decision.

If not political backbiting then political point scoring at the very least.

If decisions made were clearly the will of the electorate the world would be a very diferent place, not necessarily a better place, but it's a risk I would be willing to take.
Title: Re: Will 'Rikki Fix It' For Bathgate WiFi Before Work In Swindon Even Starts?
Post by: Muggins on December 18, 2011, 05:21:54 PM
Got, I don't mind a bit of political  :fence: cut and thrust, but this is about getting a message over to people who may not - probably don't know - what's going on.

That message should be couched in terms, not what we will tolerate, but what will not put others off reading and inwardly digesting it, and if you listen to people they will say they are tired and switched off by the bat and ball of each side blaming the other.  The message that Des wants/needs to get across is more important than party politics. 

The nearly 1/2 a million lost was not necessarily lost because the people concerned were Tories, but because they were numpties.  Numpties that should not be given a second chance but look set to do it again and again.  And that they do not appear to have answered for the mistakes they made.  We can't get rid, only the people in their wards can do that -or their party of course, a party, I might add, that doesn't seem to see anything wrong with what happened. If they did, we wouldn't be having this conversation.

Title: Re: Will 'Rikki Fix It' For Bathgate WiFi Before Work In Swindon Even Starts?
Post by: Des Morgan on December 18, 2011, 05:27:23 PM
The Politics of SBC has so far cost £400k lost in the Wi-Fi deal with no one held to account for the spending and no one being upfront and honest about telling the public exactly where and on what the money went - even though Coun Perkins, who has it within his power to reveal all, expressly said he would have no objections to people knowing.

His failure to put into the public domain the detailed expenditure of £400k loaned to Digital City can only be down to a few reasons.

1. He genuinely doesn't know - in which case he should be ashamed of himself and recognise he 'failed' to perform as a competent director would be expected to perform.
2. He knows but is worried the revelation will shock the public - for example, just how much if anything did Mr Hunt take out as a salary.  For don't forget his role was remunerated and we know from experience that although he likes to play on the 'I'm free' in truth he always makes sure he is rewarded for his services.
3. The Political fall out will be immense - if the figures are made public it will demonstrate just how Coun Perkins was 'asleep' while Mr Hunt was engaged in an orgy of spending. It is also the case that it will show that Coun Perkins may well have been out of his depth when faced with a real business shark.
4. The role of officers will have to be re-examined in the light of new comments made which show quite clearly that 'it was not in the best interests of SBC to make the second payment of £250k'
5. Finally, he doesn't know becasuse the evidence has been destroyed.

Title: Re: Will 'Rikki Fix It' For Bathgate WiFi Before Work In Swindon Even Starts?
Post by: Got Signal on December 18, 2011, 10:06:03 PM
2. He knows but is worried the revelation will shock the public - for example, just how much if anything did Mr Hunt take out as a salary.  For don't forget his role was remunerated and we know from experience that although he likes to play on the 'I'm free' in truth he always makes sure he is rewarded for his services.

I thought he told Komodori he did it for free and yourself have stated in posts that he was Rikki for Free. You ask if he had any salary then assert he was remunerated. Which is it or have you not got a clue?  :santa_wink:
Title: Re: Will 'Rikki Fix It' For Bathgate WiFi Before Work In Swindon Even Starts?
Post by: Geoff Reid on October 04, 2012, 11:24:08 PM

Bump.
Title: Re: Will 'Rikki Fix It' For Bathgate WiFi Before Work In Swindon Even Starts?
Post by: Des Morgan on October 06, 2012, 08:18:00 AM
The news that borough-wide 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) network in the UK will be switched on in Swindon next week is very good for the town but needs to be considered against the background of past failure on the part of Council sponsored suppliers to deliver against promises.

What is being offered is nothing like the Digital City Wi-Fi network and as was widely forecast there is no ‘free use’ element attached to the programme being sold by UK Broadband.

In fact what is on offer is interesting but hardly life changing and it’s certainly not something many cash stretched households in Swindon will be splashing £30 per month to have.

The service is an alternative to fixed line broadband, something with which users are very comfortable with especially as fibre optic technology allows transaction speeds more than satisfactory for most applications.

What is a real plus is the potential savings to the Councils own network costs which Councillors claim will be in excess of £90,000 per annum, although it has to be said the evidence to support the savings claim has not been forthcoming.

Interestingly the mobile features of Wi-Fi, extolled as being critical to show that Swindon ‘was open for business’ are no longer the main draw as these are being announced at a later date as yet unknown.

I am sure all readers will be glad to know that Cllr Garry Perkins, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Culture and a director of the company which failed to fulfil its promise to deliver an ‘equally groundbreaking’ Wi-Fi project and which incidentally still owes the Council £400,000 - is “Really excited that residents, businesses and the public sector in Swindon are now in a position to start enjoying the benefits of both superfast 4G wireless broadband and ultrafast broadband connections”  

Sadly the fine words accompanying the press release, suggesting this is the best thing to happen in Swindon, have been heard before, so I am sure Coun Bluh will understand if not everyone is taken in by phony expressions which are meaningless without actual delivery and performance. It will be interesting to see how many people prefer to wait for their existing providers to launch 4G – which many will do before the end of the year and others by the middle of 2013 given the Government’s decision to relax its previous hard line on 4G Spectrum availability.

The proof of the pudding is truly in the eating and hopefully this announcement will not leave a sour taste in the mouth
Title: Re: Will 'Rikki Fix It' For Bathgate WiFi Before Work In Swindon Even Starts?
Post by: Des Moffatt on October 06, 2012, 10:09:45 AM
Excellent Des
The “savings” for the Council is in fact proposed spending reduced.
The IT link up between the disparate sites of the Council’s activity can be done by directional radio data link rather than paying BT for the land line capacity.
The carrier pigeons will be redundant.

An unfortunate turn of phrase Jean, information is all, “keep gathering information until the solution becomes self evident.”