Feeds

Lincolnshire gets £7m EU grant for BB

Nice

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) has won a £7m grant from the EU to help subsidise broadband in the county.

The money - which needs to be matched by LCC - should help around 3,000 rural businesses get hooked up to high-speed Net access.

The project builds on the investment of a broadband network currently used exclusively for Lincolnshire's schools and public sector organisations. The council wants to use the cash to develop a five-year programme to ensure rural businesses also have access to high-speed Internet technology.

Broadband services to businesses are expected to start in late 2003 once a tendering process has been completed.

David Bowles, chief exec of LCC, said: "The county is now very confident about attracting broadband service providers because it is creating a ready-made market for their products."

While the EU is happy to hand out cash to worthy causes, it seems not is all well among the Eurocrats.

Today's FT reports that there's a spot of bother between competition commissioner, Mario Monti, and the man responsible for telecoms, Erkki Liikanen.

It seems Monti has written to Liikanen telling him that despite two years of liberalisation incumbent telcos still dominate Net access.

And he claims that at the current pace of progress it would take the EU 28 years to reach the same level of competition as the US.

Hitting back, Liikanen told Monti that he should take action against the telcos if he thought they were acting anti-competitively.

Splendid. So while these two squabble ordinary Joes are still expected to pay through the nose for a service they may - or may not - be able to get. Bravo. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
BEST EVER broadband? Oh no you DIDN'T, Sky – ad watchdog
Rival BT moaned that claim was misleading
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Mitigating web security risk with SSL certificates
Web-based systems are essential tools for running business processes and delivering services to customers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.