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BT wants to build partnerships across the country to help extend the reach of broadband to people in rural areas.

In particular, it wants to reach out to its competitors and share with them the knowledge it has gained from a number of broadband initiatives.

Initiatives such as the project in Caerphilly where BT is working with the local borough council, the Welsh Development Agency and steelmaker Corus, to provide broadband to more local people and drive down costs for small businesses - and all to help revitalise Caerphilly's economy.

Laudable stuff indeed.

According to Bill Murphy, MD of BT Regions: "BT is leading the way towards a truly Broadband Britain.

"BT is now volunteering to share its initiatives with other partners who also wish to see wider access and greater take-up of broadband services, in a truly competitive UK marketplace.

"In addition, we will make our 'Broadband Britain Blueprint' available to our competitors who also have responsibilities for creating a broadband-enabled society across the UK," he said.

Which is all very well an good. Except BT's "commitment" to "Broadband Britain" wouldn't sound quite so hollow had the UK's dominant telco not been exposed last week as acting anti competitively and ordered by Oftel to cut the cost its broadband product used by competitors. ®

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