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Dispute Threatens Yorkshire Broadband

Posted: 27th May, 2004 By: MarkJ
The government’s e-minister, Stephen Timms, has been asked to intervene in a dispute that threatens Yorkshire's broadband rollout. The row appears to be between several local authorities, all of which have their own ideas about how to do things:

But on 4 May, YH RAB chief exec David Wright had his temporary contract terminated after just six months in the job. Yorkshire Forward insists he "wasn't sacked". Instead, the DTI and Yorkshire Forward decided not to renew his contract.

Wright claims he was dismissed unfairly and alleges that Yorkshire Forward's actions were part of a wider plan to undermine the work of YH RAB. Now, Wright has written to Stephen Timms calling for his "rapid intervention" on "something of national and regional importance".

Mr Wright told the Minister: "Yorkshire Forward has been against the creation and operation of a separate RAB body from the outset. This is about power and conflicts of interest."


The whole thing is very confusing and it's easy to get lost in the muddle of repeated abbreviations used within The Register's news item.
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