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Blair Welcomes BTs Broadband Move
By: MarkJ - 18 November, 2003 (8:44 AM)

Yesterdays CBI conference saw a lengthy speech by Prime Minister Tony Blair, in which he took up a small space of time to welcome BTs 100% broadband coverage pledge:

"I welcome Ben Verwaayen's announcement this morning that BT is eager to work with us and local communities to broaden access. I share with him the vision of achieving 100% national coverage by 2005."

The move, which will aim to eventually offer ADSL to another two million homes and businesses - and which has opened up 32 new exchanges immediately - comes after E-commerce Minister Stephen Timms last week called for the broadband industry to work to enable 100% of the country to access high-speed services by 2005.

BT denied today's announcement was a reaction to Timms's comments but said: "We've carried out a review on 3,000 triggers in the last few months and we were delighted when Stephen Timms spoke out on the benefits of broadband last week."


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