Million-pound plan to boost UK rural internet
BT GROUP is proposing a £600 million (R 10.22 billion) plan to bring faster Internet coverage to the rural UK, to be paid for by charges to other broadband users.
The former phone monopoly’s Openreach wholesale division would by 2020 build connections enabling broadband download speeds of at least 10 megabits per second for almost all of the remaining 5 percent of the population that doesn’t currently have them. That level of service would allow a family to stream high-definition TV shows and movies, video conference and surf the web simultaneously.
The proposal follows months of talks between BT and the government over how to implement a universal service obligation pledged by Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives.
UK politicians with rural constituencies in places like the Scottish Highlands are under pressure to boost broadband service. – Reuters