The famous British comedian, actor and writer, Simon Pegg (‘Shaun of the Dead’, ‘StarTrek’, ‘The World’s End’ etc.), has taken to Twitter in order to have a grumble about BT after the national UK telecoms operator agreed to “hook our street up for broadband“, albeit at a cost of £21,000.
In the grander scheme of things £21,000 doesn’t actually sound all that bad for a BT quote, especially with some other areas being quoted many times that. On the other hand Pegg’s comment, which was spotted by Recombu, is somewhat lacking in detail and so it’s impossible to make any meaningful comparisons.
“In other phone news BT, Europe’s biggest telecom provider have agreed to hook our street up for broadband. We just have to give then £21K,” said Pegg in his Tweet. ISPreview.co.uk has reached out to Pegg’s official PR contact in the hope of securing a few more details but we’d be surprised if the busy star of TV and film has enough spare time to respond.
Similarly little is known about where Pegg lives today, not least because his career has taken him from Glasgow to London and most recently he is believed to have been living in a Hertfordshire village with his wife Maureen and their daughter. Likewise celebrities’ rarely like to share their exact home details because sadly the world is still full of psychopaths and trolls with nothing better to do than stalk.. or apparently ruin some news comment feeds.
Still the fact that BT quoted for an entire street to be upgraded would appear to suggest that Pegg might live in one of the areas that won’t benefit from the £18.06m Connected Counties scheme, which aims to roll-out the operators “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) network to cover 90% of local premises in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire (England) by the end of March 2016. Speculating a little more and £21k suggests a very small community with a local street cabinet already in place or one that only needs a moderate upgrade.
It’s worth pointing out that the Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire scheme was recently allocated another £6.63m by the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) office in order to push the network coverage out to 95% by 2017, although the local authority has yet to agree how this will be spent.