BT bids bumpkins to beg for better broadband
BT has invited villages nationwide to compete to convince it to reverse the decision not to upgrade their broadband infrastrucure.
The firm today promised to bring its faster broadband services - a mix of fibre-to-the-cabinet and fibre-to-the-premises - to five areas where local people show the most interest.
BT Retail will pay to upgrade the five exchanges connected to the highest proportion* of premises that register an interest. The necessary works will be scheduled as part of the ongoing £2.5bn fibre rollout, to be completed late next year or early 2012.
The firm also promised to "engage" with all overlooked communities where 75 per cent or more premises want faster broadband, "so that all avenues can be explored to see if fibre broadband can be brought to their area".
BT says it cannot commercially justify upgrading the more sparsely-populated "final third" of its network. ®
*At least 1,000 premises must register.
Yea right another short sighted person
The attitude of I live in the town and I get it stuff the rest of you is so childish.
It's like all the farmers etc. saying well you don't live in the hills, valleys or plains so you can forgo our food. If you want any you have to use a horse and can only visit once a week.
My example is completely absurd as it will never be done but it is akin to what your saying.
And btw I live in the countryside but luckily close enough to my local town to be connected to that exchange (yes broadband is crap at that length but it means we may get fibre eventually).
BTW Quote:"If you live in the arse end of nowhere you shouldn't expect the same service as people living in the bright lights of civilisation."
You think your version of civilisation would exist without the countryside. If you can go for a week without using anything that is obtained from a countryside endeavour I would like to see it.
My village is not eligible to win the prize, not enough people (406 attached to the exchange, need 1000)
So, not much of a competition then, really, when a quarter of the villages in the country are not able to enter. (figures from http://www.ruralcommunities.gov.uk/files/How%20many%20villages%20are%20there%20in%20England.pdf)
This is BT arse gravy of the highest order.
"If you live in the arse end of nowhere you shouldn't expect the same service as people living in the bright lights of civilisation."
Yet you townies expect the same service, at the same price for food, milk, and oh, yes, your water supply