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WiFi 100% Improvement is Miraculous
« on: August 14, 2010, 09:50:18 AM »
 
Also blogged here: http://www.geoffreid.com/?p=632




Although the managing Director of Digital City (UK) Ltd, John 'Rikki' Hunt has missed yet another progress target, this time failing to keep his promise to Swindon Borough Councillors to involve them in a wide 'media session' promised by the 13th of August 2010, I can report that the news is not as bad as might be expected from this lapse.

In the absence of any official comment, I am happy to announce that I believe the rumours currently circulating about the number of paying subscribers Digital City..... appear to be true, and that the fortunes of the joint public/private wifi project have taken a spectacular turn for the better.

Yes indeedy, the £450,000 loan of public money will be repaid in no time at all if subscriber numbers continue to rise as aggressively as Mr Hunt is now claiming.

When Mr Hunt emailed councillors in mid-July to inform them that the system had 600 'unique users' the figure appeared to be very similar to one he'd already released several months earlier but, by the time BCS - The Chartered Institute For IT ran his promotional article in the first week of August 2010, Mr Hunt joyfully told BSC's Brian Runciman that the scheme now had "2,500 homes using the service" meaning that, (as each  'household' must have at least one person in them to be able to use the service), there must have been an increase of at least 1,900 users in the last fortnight.

There is a caveat of course. I am assuming that Mr Hunts statements to Swindon Borough Councillors and to the BCS are both factually correct and that there is no gilding of lillies, exaggeration, yarn-spinning or outright bullshitting going on, but leaving my caveats aside for a moment, it would be fair to say that I am impressed and that my flabber is well and truly gasted.

Similarly impressive is the news that the number of users paying £5.99 a month for the not-time-limited service has increased by 100% in the same period, from 12 to 24.  It's amazing isn't it? and if Digital City's sudden success continues at this phenomenal rate Mr Hunt, who is also the chairman of Swindons Strategic Economic Partnership, will have the town back on it's financial feet by Christmas....

...which is good, because as the SSEP website says:

SSEP Role and Purpose

The SSEP was established in 2006 to lead Swindon's ambitious strategy  for economic growth.


So, that's alright then....

....or is it?






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Re: WiFi 100% Improvement is Miraculous
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2010, 10:19:04 AM »
WiFi  100% Improvement is Miraculous

Maybe, but it certainly has the feel of an evangelical crusade in leading the masses to the wi-fi promised land?

On a more serious note it is  fantastic news to think in 2 years (I am sure I read that somewhere 700K will be pouring in to council coffers) as it has started off in Highworth and that is where the bulk of that money will come from then perhaps Justin Tomlinson will make sure that the council leader stumps up the losses on the swimming pool and recreation centre? It is losing about 3 or 400k depending on who you listen to?

As the people of Highworth are now high rolling the council they should get the payback for their pool first surely its only fair?
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Re: WiFi 100% Improvement is Miraculous
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2010, 11:38:59 AM »
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Who is following this thread then anonymously?

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Re: WiFi 100% Improvement is Miraculous
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2010, 12:02:17 PM »
According to my calculations we shall be in profit by 2271.

DC will be coining it to the value of  £143.76 per month at current subscription levels, that leaves change for a fish supper from 1 months council tax payment for the likes of myself. At the white hot heat level of commercial success that represents the investment will take a mere 3130 months to be completely eradicated, a piffling 260 years, a blink of an eye in lasting legacy terms.

I think we must learn to take the long term view and not be so impatient. It is an argument I intend to advance with my modest list of creditors at the time the reducing value of my income crosses the curve of the increasing value of my outgoings. It is a cast iron argument I expect to be hailed as visionary, permeable and of course, vibrant.

Any naysayers will be condemned as short sighted, small minded, erm, naysayers. Or socialists.

Some people may wish to consider adopting a similar model as the realities of PFI start to intrude into their realities.

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Re: WiFi 100% Improvement is Miraculous
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2010, 10:29:48 PM »
WiFi  100% Improvement is Miraculous

Maybe, but it certainly has the feel of an evangelical crusade in leading the masses to the wi-fi promised land?

On a more serious note it is  fantastic news to think in 2 years (I am sure I read that somewhere 700K will be pouring in to council coffers) as it has started off in Highworth and that is where the bulk of that money will come from then perhaps Justin Tomlinson will make sure that the council leader stumps up the losses on the swimming pool and recreation centre? It is losing about 3 or 400k depending on who you listen to?

As the people of Highworth are now high rolling the council they should get the payback for their pool first surely its only fair?

Good Point Ringer, also if they close the pool, where will Rikki put his wi-fi in the area, or will that remain connected to a power supply even if/when the centre is closed.
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