Reports of Dumped Gigaclear Equipment
Uplyme residents voiced concerns over broadband equipment dumped by Gigaclear in some parts of their village.
13:51 10 November 2019
Residents of Uplyme are angry that coils of “ugly” orange fibre-optic cable have been dumped in Venlake and Gore Lane by internet service provider Gigaclear.
Uplyme resident Marcus Dixon said: “Gigaclear was appointed to roll out the 'Connecting Devon and Somerset' superfast broadband project.”
“However, they have recently had their contract cancelled by Devon County Council.”
“It means Uplyme residents may have to put up with the dumped cabling for another two years, while Devon County Council's now 'super slow' broadband contract is reallocated.”
“It's very disappointing that Devon County Council has allowed this eyesore orange cabling to be dumped for over a year in Uplyme.”
“Devon County Council are anticipating going out to tender for the problematic Phase 2 Uplyme broadband project in December 2019.”
“The outcome of this supplier hunt in unlikely to be known until the end of 2020, which means no new roll out will probably begin until sometime in 2021.”
A Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) spokesman told the Midweek Herald: “Following termination of the contracts in the Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) region, Gigaclear has confirmed that it will continue to serve existing customers in the CDS area.
“The company is currently evaluating its commercial build but is expected to focus on completing works in progress.
“We will ask them to remove their equipment if they don't need it for their commercial roll-out.”