Cumbria council could reject BT's super-fast broadband bid
Cumbria County Council (CCC) has insisted it is prepared to reject BT's bid for its super-fast broadband contract, despite no other companies remaining in the tender process.
A CCC spokeswoman said the local authority has not ruled out telling the company to rethink its strategy for a second time, reports the North-West Evening Mail.
The council has received a final tender from BT and will decide on September 13th 2012 whether to award the contract or not, she added.
BT was one of four communications firms originally in the running to land the contract, but three of the applicants - including Fujitsu - have pulled out.
Fujitsu scrapped its tender on the grounds that it could see no clear way of delivering a next-generation broadband network for the mass market.
BT's first attempt to secure the contract was rejected after its tender failed to meet the local authority's requirements.
A report seen by the newspaper explained the application was "heavily tailored with a range of conditions, caveats, assumptions and dependencies".
"The cumulative effect of such conditions renders the BT submission non-compliant," it declared.