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£40m 'gigabit Island' in trouble?

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SERIOUS concerns have been raised about the future of a States-backed £41.5 million project to give every household superfast broadband as a dispute between JT and contractors threatens to derail the project.

Contractors and sub-contractors last week threatened to down tools over a contractual dispute with JT, which is introducing fibre-optic broadband and aims to have an Islandwide network up and running by 2016.

The scheme, called Gigabit Jersey, is currently 50 per cent behind connection targets and progress in recent months is under-stood to have been slow, with just 737 homes connected to the network in the four months to the end of 2012.

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