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Suffolk: Europe blamed for delay in broadband signing

PUBLISHED: 06:00 24 September 2012

EU regulations have been blamed for a delay in signing a broadband contract for Suffolk

EU regulations have been blamed for a delay in signing a broadband contract for Suffolk

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FINAL agreement for work to bring superfast broadband to all parts of Suffolk has still not been agreed by the government – because of EU regulations.

It had been thought that today’s county council cabinet meeting, which will award the contract to introduce broadband to communities across Suffolk, was the final hurdle in the battle to bring in broadband.

However the government funding for the scheme, coming from Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), has still not been finalised because it is subject to EU competition law.

Suffolk county council leader Mark Bee raised the issue with the Prime Minister at a Downing Street reception. He was hopeful that the issue would be sorted out in October, allowing work to start on schedule in November.

Mr Bee said: “We had expected the government money to be all signed off well before now so the cabinet would be the last stage in the process after which we could say with certainty ‘all systems are go.’ However there is still this delay with the government money. It is now way above the level of the Department of Culture – it is a Prime Ministerial matter because it involves money and the EU.”

Today’s cabinet will award the contract to introduce broadband to all parts of Suffolk to BT after the only other bidder, Fujitsu, told the EADT that it had not pressed ahead with the bid it had been considering in the early summer.

Ipswich Town’s managing director last night criticised the “unwarranted personal abuse” suffered by manager Mick McCarthy and players from fans and the media this season.

A lorry driver warned he may never be able to walk has defied the odds by crossing the finish line of his 200th marathon.

The trial of a 58-year-old Suffolk woman who allegedly claimed benefits without informing the authorities that she owned a property in Spain will take place in April.

After the region was hit by the first major snowfall of the winter on Sunday and earlier today, forecasters have provided an update on whether there will be another wintry blast tonight and early tomorrow morning.

An Ipswich shopkeeper left angry and upset at shoplifters targeting the newsagents he owns is taking a stand and asking customers to knock before he lets them in.

A burglar has been jailed for a year after he was identified through the Facebook account on his mobile which he dropped while stealing from an address.

The mother of missing RAF airman Corrie McKeague has spoken of her “immeasurable” peace of mind after police have this afternoon confirmed that they have ruled out he is in a Milton landfill site.

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