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Sir Richard Leese does a Big Fat Pipe

Gordo finds a Corridor of Power and thinks we should all use it

Written by . Published on March 26th 2009.


Sir Richard Leese does a Big Fat Pipe
Can you see just how big and fat my pipe is now?

Gordo gets an invite off his pal, Lisa Ashurst, ex PR at Urban Splashed! to come and have a look at a big fat pipe. Bit old for those these days thinks Gordo, but if our Council Leader Kim Il Tricky Dickie Leese is doing one then so should he. It was at Kro, and Gordo gets the bus. To Kro 2. “Not here sir, Kro 1” says one of owner Mark Ruby’s ninjas. Gordo goes to get back on the bus. No money. Bastards. He walks the rest of the way.

Fortunately Gordo met up with Andy ‘Spin’ Spinoza at the presentation, who treated Gordo to his bus fare on the way back.

The Fat Pipe turns out to be the pilot of the next generation broadband and is called the Manchester Corridor. It stretches from The Whitworth Art Gallery down Oxford road to the Library. Apparently, Amsterdam and Paris are ahead of us. Now, the French are notoriously crap with their use of the Interweb, still using yards and yards of flash programming which means it takes on average half an hour to load a restaurant site whilst insisting on talking gibberish, but the Dutch are pretty good at these things.

100 mb, in and out of your flat or office means broadcast quality video, for example, enabling teleconferencing that actually works. To get that today here will cost in excess of £4000 per month. Once this lot is up and running, it may be as low as thirty quid. Once the Dutch have got over the crystal clear quality of their hard core Interweb porn and moved onto other uses, they should be able to teach us tricks other than locating the mythical g-spot.

According to Dave Carter, head of MDDA, the initiative, if run out beyond the pilot, will put us well ahead of London and Gordo agrees. Which is not something he does often with Dave. This kind of bandwidth will facilitate innovation in the same way the race to get to the Moon did back in the Sixties which saw huge advances in all sorts of unexpected areas. Teflon anyone? It will certainly encourage the cream of the online people to stay, or indeed re-locate, to the area and would strengthen our current lead in online publishing. With Crains’s, How-do, City Life, Insider and not least Confidential currently showing the rest of Europe how to successfully produce, manage and monetise online publishing.

This would encourage others to come and see an economy grow in this sector in a not dissimilar way as when the Press Barons early in the previous century realised that Manchester was the ideal place to site their printing presses to distribute their national newspapers. The bandwidth in those days were the railways in and out of the city which enabled delivery of the morning editions to places like North Wales before five the next morning.

If we could, as a city, get this rolled out for everyone then the boost to our knowledge based assets here in our fair city would take a quantum leap. Described by Jackie Potter, the chief executive of Manchester Corridor as ‘a genuine living lab’, Gordo would recommend that everyone in the city who is involved in ideas that need bandwidth should keep a close weather eye on what is going on. Also, the work is going out to tender shortly, see the web site below to find out more.

For Further Information on Corridor Manchester:

www.CorridorManchester.com

or L.ashurst@manchester.gov.uk

Follow Gordo on twitter GordoManchester

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7 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousMarch 26th 2009.

I see Gordo was very successfully spun on this one for the price of a bus fare. We will all get 10GB broadband shorty from BT and there is already a pipe in Whitworth Street from Virgin but they apparently will not wire apartment blocks. The pipes seems to be a private data lines for the Universities and Hospitals. You will note that Manchester Public Library is excluded as well as Sheena Simon Branch of City College. They are probably 'below the salt' for snooty Man Uni.Why is the TIF busway included as it was supposed to be funded by the TIF...RIPIt is the third attempt at an Educational Precinct and a Creative Corridor. What are the odds be offered and any results for £1.5BIt will be interesting to see if the plans are actually included in the Regional Centre Transport Plan to be consulted on next month.

Kev PMarch 26th 2009.

I'm in Chinatown just outside the corridor and have to suffer with interminably slow 8mb broadband, the shame! I hope this gets rolled out beyond this small area soon!

Beefy StewMarch 26th 2009.

Gordo, I went to this, your piece is the finest bit of turd polishing i have seen for a while. You are worth every penny getting a smile out of me on a story about digging holes in the road.

AnonymousMarch 26th 2009.

my apartment block is fully wired up for virgin, very quick!

whatwebsiteMarch 26th 2009.

whatwebsite?

SpicyMarch 26th 2009.

Well at least you got a bit of exercise Gordo - it's good for the gout!

AnonymousMarch 26th 2009.

I see Gordo was very successfully spun on this one for the price of a bus fare. We will all get 10GB broadband shorty from BT and there is already a pipe in Whitworth Street from Virgin but they apparently will not wire apartment blocks. The pipes seems to be a private data lines for the Universities and Hospitals. You will note that Manchester Public Library is excluded as well as Sheena Simon Branch of City College. They are probably 'below the salt' for snooty Man Uni.Why is the TIF busway included as it was supposed to be funded by the TIF...RIPIt is the third attempt at an Educational Precinct and a Creative Corridor. What are the odds be offered and any results for £1.5BIt will be interesting to see if the plans are actually included in the Regional Centre Transport Plan to be consulted on next month.

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