In June, I wrote about Birmingham City Council’s plans to install ultrafast broadband in Digbeth, as well as other parts of the city. However, last week Virgin Media and BT began legal proceedings against the initiative, with the story being covered extensively.
From The Business Desk:
[Birmingham City Council] wants to build a 100+Mbps (megabits per second) broadband network to serve specific local areas including Digbeth, Eastside and the city’s Jewellery Quarter where many digital businesses are based and which are being marketed as ICT hubs. But Virgin Media said the plan “involves a significant overbuild” with its existing network.
“It’s disappointing that Birmingham City Council has put forward a scheme which is not in the interests of local people and we believe, as a result, the European Commission has made a decision based on inaccurate and misleading information which could waste public money,” it said.
The story was also covered on AfterDawn.com and Think Broadband, who suggested that the European money secured for this project would be better spent in rural areas where differences in bandwidth are more obvious, and that installing ultrafast fibre-optic cables could create a monopoly in Digbeth.
However, Digbeth Residents Association is keen to know what residents think of the plans. Will ultrafast broadband be a blessing or curse for Digbeth businesses? Share your thoughts by commenting below, or joining the conversation on Twitter.