Rural broadband upheaval as Wooster quits JON

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Rural broadband upheaval as Wooster quits JON

Ian Grant

Community broadband spokesman Adrian Wooster has resigned from the Joint Open Networks Exchange (JON), citing differences of opinion over the speed with which it should attack the UK market.

Torbjörn Eriksen, CEO of the company which has been renamed ONExchange (for Open Networks Exchange), confirmed Adrian Wooster's resignation.

JON was set up last year, supported by Cable&Wireless Worldwide, to aggregate demand for broadband backhaul services from community and smaller networks. It expected to be part of some of the pilot rural broadband projects funded by the government-backed BDUK.

Wooster plans to continue working with Malcolm Corbett of the Independent Networks Cooperative Association (Inca), where he is CTO. He said it was putting together a Big Society Broadband project. "I'm sure we'll also be discussing how smaller projects can be supported in the BDUK process," he said.

Eriksen said ONExchange's directors were now himself, Alexandra Jennings and Peter Lovgren. He said a sales director and CTO would be announced shortly.


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