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BT - Need Gov Help For 100% BB

Posted: 03rd Oct, 2004 By: MarkJ
Following the governments pledge to bring broadband within reach of EVERYBODY by 2008, BT has reacted by saying that it can only achieve 99.4% and would require "EU Objective funding and local government funding" for more:

But Alison Ritchie, BT's chief broadband officer, said: "Covering 99.4 per cent of the population is as far as we can go. For the remainder, we will work with the local authorities and the Regional Development Agencies. EU Objective funding and local government funding may be necessary.

It might not be commercially viable to push broadband through the smallest 500 telephone exchanges in the country, which serve remote rural areas
", Ms Ritchie said.

Instead, the company may offer wireless broadband, which is more expensive than copper wire. BT's stance appears to be at odds with that of the Department of Trade and Industry. A DTI spokesman said: "Getting the infrastructure out there is a matter for the companies. There will be no direct funding for companies to lay broadband."


It's estimated that BT now has a colossal 3.25m broadband ADSL customers hooked up. More @ The Independent newspaper.
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