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Local Broadband Company Chairman steps down

Author: John Riches Published: 14th May 2019 11:17

Eric Malcomson installing a new access point.Eric Malcomson installing a new access point.

At the conclusion of a recent meeting of the Abthorpe Broadband Association Ltd, the not-for-profit company operated entirely by unpaid volunteers, that delivers Tove Valley Broadband; Eric Malcomson the Chairman of our little company made the following statement: -
“I am standing down as Chairman as of now! I feel that the project I started 16 years ago has come through various stages and emerged into clear blue sky. No debts, a robust financial situation and a network and service that makes me proud as I am of the team I have been part of.
There is an exciting new phase developing which, with stable services, will undoubtedly bring advantages – some we cannot yet identify – to our area. I am pleased to continue working with the team but I feel the helm needs a different perspective from now on. Our Company’s Articles say that a Chairman should be voted for by the Directors at the beginning of each meeting, which rule now exists until we, the Directors, find a suitable person to take on the position permanently.”
It seems such a long time ago when back in 2003 a group of local people were enjoying their pints of Hooky in our village pub but bemoaning the fact that the major broadband companies were unable to provide us with a service. Eric mused that we could do it ourselves. He was proved right and today 641 premises are connected to the company’s network. The exciting new phase Eric was alluding to in his statement includes presumably, the company’s plans to provide a fibre optic cable connection that delivers a very high speed service to all members who request it.
Our local community owes Eric a huge vote of thanks for his vision, leadership, tenacity, technical knowledge, experience and enthusiasm. He will be a hard act to follow. Thank you Eric from us all.

John Riches


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