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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

Archant

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.

The drunk driver who drove at 124mph prior to the collision which killed 22-year-old beauty therapist Lauren Danks on the A11 had two previous convictions for dangerous and drink-driving.

Organises saw a very successful turnout to the event which allows passengers to express their opinions on public transport services in the area.

A man who groped women on buses in Colchester has been ordered to receive mental health treatment.

Heavenly Hair in Saxmundham has been named as a finalist in the Independent Salon - Business Newcomer category, sponsored by Sweet Squared, at the British Hairdressing Business Awards, hosted by Hairdressers Journal International.

A group of 49 aspiring doctors from schools across Suffolk and Essex got a hands-on look at what it takes to have a career in medicine.

Essex Police are appealing for information to help find a woman from Clacton who is wanted in connection with an attempted murder in the town.

The jury in the trial of two men accused of raping a woman after a night out in Lowestoft is expected to retire to consider its verdicts today (Thursday).

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