Broadband and WAN contract -18143

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Ref: FOI/18143

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request:

I have a few queries in relation to the response, especially information missing from the response, this includes:

Can you please provide me with an update on the broadband and the WAN contract, the response states that the broadband contract expires this month and the WAN contract expired in 2016? Can you please provide me with an update on the broadband and the WAN contract, the response states that the broadband contract expires this month and the WAN contract expired in 2016?

Contract 3

Fixed Broadband Provider- Please can you provide me with the name of the supplier for the contract?

Reply:

Fixed Broadband Provider is Exponential – E.

Request:

Fixed Broadband Renewal Date- please provide day, month and year (month and year are also acceptable). If this is a rolling contract please provide me with the rolling date of the contract. If there is more than one supplier please split the renewal dates up into however many suppliers

Reply

13th of December 2018 was the start date on a 3 year term.

Request:

Fixed Broadband Annual Average Spend- Annual average spend for each broadband provider. An estimate or average is acceptable.

Reply

This information is exempt under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as this information is reasonably accessible to the requestor. Information concerning our annual average spend can be found on West Midlands Fire Service website at the following link:

https://www.wmfs.net/about-us/openness/documents/ .

The documents are towards bottom of page and you will have to download, this will then enable you to filter the spreadsheet to find the information you require.

Request:

Contract 4

WAN Provider- please provide me with the supplier for each contract if there is no information available please can you provide further insight into why?

Reply

The WAN Provider is Virgin Media.

Request:

WAN Contract Renewal Date- please provide day, month and year (month and year are also acceptable). If this is a rolling contract please provide me with the rolling date of the contract. If there is more than one supplier please provide me with the renewal date for each supplier.

Reply

The WAN Contract Renewal Date is June 2021.

Request:

Contract Description: Please can you provide me with a brief description of each contract.

Reply

After consideration WMFS has decided to withhold this information as this organisation believes this information is exempt under Section 43 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Section 43 of the Act states:

“Information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any person.” WMFS believes that the information is of competitive value and is likely to prejudice the commercial interests of WMFS and also the Third Party.

Section 43 of the Act is subject to the public interest test; in this case WMFS considers that maintaining its bargaining position in future commercial negotiations outweighs the benefit in the release of this information

Request:

The number of sites: Please state the number of sites the WAN covers for each contract. Approx. will do.

Reply

41 Sites.

Request:

WAN Annual Average Spend- Annual average spend for each WAN provider. An estimate or average is acceptable.

Reply

This information is exempt under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as this information is reasonably accessible to the requestor. Information concerning our annual average spend can be found on West Midlands Fire Service website at the following link:

https://www.wmfs.net/about-us/openness/documents/ .

The documents are towards bottom of page and you will have to download, this will then enable you to filter the spreadsheet to find the information you require.

Request:

Internal Contact: please can you send me there full contact details including contact number and email and job title for all the contract above.

Reply

  • With regards for the contact details, WMFS ICT Department operates a single point of contact policy and callers are directed to the ICT Service Desk via HQ Reception on (0121) 380 6067. The call will be directed to the ICT Service Desk and allocated to the ICT specialist with responsibility for the specific service.  There is a direct email address for suppliers making sales enquires email: procurement.enquires@wmfs.net.  Furthermore, guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office is as follows:
  • The presumption is in favour of protecting privacy, so the release of personal information will only be fair if there is a genuine reason to disclose. This involves a three-stage test. A public authority will generally have to satisfy itself that:
  • There is a legitimate interest in disclosure;
  • The legitimate interest can only be met, or fully met, by the disclosure of information which identifies individuals (i.e. the disclosure is necessary to that purpose); and, the disclosure would not involve unwarranted detriment to the individual’s privacy or other rights and legitimate interests.
  • You can find out more about FOI exemptions from the Information Commissioner’s Office.  This will explain which one or more of the FOI exemptions applies, and tell you how to appeal if you disagree with our decision.

Request:

Is the lines and minutes contract with BT still rolling?

Reply

Yes.

If you have any queries about this freedom of information request, please contact us.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

For service complaints, issues or comments regarding this request please contact The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW

Further information concerning Freedom of Information requests can be found on the Information Commissioner website at either the following link: https://ico.org.uk/ or at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF.

 

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