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Bankruptcy?



 
 
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Old September 4th 04, 05:57 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Bob Hopeless
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Default Bankruptcy?

Hi,

Have any broadband suppliers ever gone bankrupt and if so what happened to
their customers?

Cheers,
Bob


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Old September 4th 04, 06:53 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Dominic
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Default Bankruptcy?

Bob Hopeless wrote:
Hi,

Have any broadband suppliers ever gone bankrupt and if so what
happened to their customers?


No large ones that I can remember, but presumably they would just sell their
customer base to another equivalent service.


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Old September 4th 04, 07:58 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
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On 4 Sep 2004 in uk.telecom.broadband, "Bob Hopeless" wrote:

broadband suppliers ever gone bankrupt and if so what happened to
their customers?


Breathe Pro services were managed on their behalf by Plus.Net, along
with a number of other brandings from some ill-fated ISP. Plus.Net
warned it would "pull the plug" in about a week, but came up with a
solution and kept users from being without service and unable to get
an alternative (no cease, need for delay before checker would accept
a line, and so on). Whole thing took place in spring of 2003, from
memory, but it might be a different matter to 'migrate' from an ISP
with no staff present to give the Migration Access Code to the user.

I suppose making a noise with ADSLguide, uk-bug, The Register, and
so on might get the attention of BT Wholesale and/or some ISPs who
might then be prodded into doing a prompt transfer for end-users
(since the end user wants service and BTW would benefit from not
having any possible drift to cable services, if available). PGM
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Old September 4th 04, 08:23 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Sunil Sood
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Default Bankruptcy?

"Bob Hopeless" wrote in message

Have any broadband suppliers ever gone bankrupt and if so what
happened to their customers?


If it happened in future, the chances are Ofcom would have a quiet word with
someone (last resort: BT) and "suggest" they takeover the customer base to
ensure the end users suffer minimal problems.

Of course, if the operator involved is using DataStream or LLU then it may
be harder to resolve - DataStream might be particularly problematic

Regards
Sunil


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Old September 4th 04, 10:29 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Kráftéé
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Default Bankruptcy?

Sunil Sood wrote:
"Bob Hopeless" wrote in
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Have any broadband suppliers ever gone bankrupt and if so what
happened to their customers?


If it happened in future, the chances are Ofcom would have a quiet
word with someone (last resort: BT) and "suggest" they takeover the
customer base to ensure the end users suffer minimal problems.


Which is exactly what happened when the wireless telephoney company (who's
name eludes me) went bust....


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Old September 4th 04, 10:41 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Sunil Sood
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Default Bankruptcy?

"Kráftéé" wrote in message

If it happened in future, the chances are Ofcom would have a quiet
word with someone (last resort: BT) and "suggest" they takeover the
customer base to ensure the end users suffer minimal problems.


Which is exactly what happened when the wireless telephoney company
(who's name eludes me) went bust....


Ionica

Regards
Sunil


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Old September 4th 04, 11:09 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Kráftéé
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Default Bankruptcy?

Sunil Sood wrote:
"Kráftéé" wrote in message

If it happened in future, the chances are Ofcom would have a quiet
word with someone (last resort: BT) and "suggest" they takeover
the customer base to ensure the end users suffer minimal problems.


Which is exactly what happened when the wireless telephoney company
(who's name eludes me) went bust....


Ionica

Regards
Sunil


Ta for that....


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Old September 5th 04, 12:57 AM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Ian Stirling
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Default Bankruptcy?

Sunil Sood wrote:
"Kr?ft??" wrote in message

If it happened in future, the chances are Ofcom would have a quiet
word with someone (last resort: BT) and "suggest" they takeover the
customer base to ensure the end users suffer minimal problems.


Which is exactly what happened when the wireless telephoney company
(who's name eludes me) went bust....


Ionica


And continuing in the theme of things beginning with "I", Iridium.
(though not UK based).
Though in that case, it was more due to governmental desire to have
the use of it, as there is no easy substitute in many cases.
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Old September 5th 04, 10:01 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Colin Wilson
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Default Bankruptcy?

Have any broadband suppliers ever gone bankrupt and if so what happened to
their customers?


There have been a couple of major players go under in the US, but the
names escape me at present.

You can probably find them if you look for "chapter 11" or "bankrupt" on
a computer news site like www.theregister.co.uk or www.theinquirer.net

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Old September 6th 04, 12:18 AM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Mark McIntyre
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Default Bankruptcy?

On Sat, 4 Sep 2004 17:53:36 +0100, "Dominic"
wrote:

Bob Hopeless wrote:
Hi,

Have any broadband suppliers ever gone bankrupt and if so what
happened to their customers?


No large ones that I can remember,


Apart from ntl you mean? :-)

but presumably they would just sell their
customer base to another equivalent service.


Most of the ones that have gone totally pop have been bought by some
other ISP pretty sharpish.
 




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