Saturday, 10 April 2021

BT on fibre: Cut business rates and “build like fury”

by Harry Baldock, Total Telecom
Friday 05 February 21

BT’s CEO Philip Jansen has called for the government to cut business rates on new fibre lines in order to free up cash for a faster and more expansive rollout

Back in 2019, one of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s campaign pledges was to give the entirety of the UK access to gigabit-capable broadband by 2025, announcing a £5 billion stimulus fund to help this process in rural areas. Since then, however, the roadblocks in achieving this goal are beginning to show. Last year, the government gradually lowered the fibre targets from 100% to 85%…

Back in 2019, one of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s campaign pledges was to give the entirety of the UK access to gigabit-capable broadband by 2025, announcing a £5 billion stimulus fund to help this process in rural areas. Since then, however, the roadblocks in achieving this goal are beginning to show. Last year, the government gradually lowered the fibre targets from 100% to 85%…

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