Latest updates reveal that BT is planning to make fast broadband connection available to every rural community by 2020. According to reports, the company is working on providing high-speed broadband of up to 10 MB per second by 2020. Based on the company’s estimation, the ongoing plan will cover more than 1.4 million homes, which invariably means the company will offer broadband services to 99% of UK residents by 2020.
BT has revealed that the new plan will cover homes that do not previously have steady internet connections. It plans to improve it services thereby allowing every household that was previously left behind to access fast internet connection of up to 10 MB per second. It is reported by The BBC that the company’s subsidiary, Openreach revealed that it plans to spend between £450m to £600m to ensure that rural homes have access to fast internet connection by 2020.
Openreach also assured ministers that the current plan will especially cover the 5 percent of homes that do not have a steady internet connection in areas like Yorkshire, Wales, Cornwall, and Scotland. The plan will be executed gradually and up to 95 percent of premises will be able to access up to 24Mbps or more by the end of 2017.
However, it is reported that the government intends to continue with its regulatory approach and is yet to make any decision with regards to the BT proposal. In addition, a spokesperson for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport revealed that even if an agreement is entered with BT, the department will still uphold the manifesto pledge that every home has a legal right to fast internet connections.
He also noted that the government does not intend to have a deal with BT unless the company explicitly agrees that this legal obligation will be transferred to it. “We warmly welcome BT’s offer and now will look at whether this or a regulatory approach works better for homes and businesses.
Whichever of the two approaches we go with, in the end, the driving force behind our decision-making will be making sure we get the best deal for consumers,” culture secretary, Karen Bradley said. Meanwhile, there are reports claiming that a swelling number of up to 6.7 million homes are getting less than the broadband speed they pay for.
A group of MPs headed by Grant Shapps recently published a report that backed up this claim and requested that Ofcom should make network providers pay compensation for failure to deliver the right speeds. However, it is reported by The Guardian that competitors have argued that this should not be a good news for UK residents as users will be the ones to fund the plans with an increased bill from the company.
BT stated that it intends to recover its costs through higher charges to competitors like TalkTalk and Sky. But competitors believe that this is another way to make users fund the plan as their bills will be increased.