Friday, 23 September 2011

The CLA (Country Land & Business Association) has welcomed the latest phase of BT's super-fast fibre optic broadband programme but says that “it could still leave the "final third" of the UK without a decent infrastructure”.

In effect the CLA is saying that rural areas and the remote "final third" may miss out on enhanced broadband services because the funding is making the already-fast faster rather than addressing the needs of the countryside.

CLA President William Worsley said: "We welcome BT's expectation to make super-fast fibre optic broadband available to two-thirds of UK homes and businesses by the end of 2015, although these are places that already have a decent broadband service.” 

"BT should focus on those rural areas with barely adequate broadband or none at all. The final third of the country still lacks any broadband service and will be even further behind by 2015." 

He went on to say that they recognise that Public Private Partnerships are needed to address the needs of supplying broadband to the most rural and remote areas and that if the Government is serious about having the best broadband in Europe then it must work toward encouraging public and private partnerships. 

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