BT offers fast broadband to foil break-up threat

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GETTYThe telecoms giant would voluntarily ensure speeds of 10 megabits per second

ALL areas of Wales and the United Kingdom will have access to high-speed internet under new plans announced by the United Kingdom government.

BT chief executive Gavin Patterson said: "We are pleased to make a voluntary offer to deliver the Government's goal for universal broadband access at minimum speeds of 10Mbps".

Today, about 93% of the country has access to superfast broadband at speeds of at... For now the government is continuing with its own regulatory approach while consulting on BT's offer.

A spokesman at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said that if any potential deal was done with BT it would not abandon a manifesto pledge that every household has a legal right to fast internet.

On Friday, a group of more than 50 MPs, led by former Tory party chairman Grant Shapps, published a report claiming that as many as 6.7 million households do not get the broadband speeds they pay for.

BT's proposal does not include any public funding.

BT has submitted a proposal to the government offering to provide the infrastructure to bring high-speed broadband to 99% of United Kingdom premises by 2020.

The offer is being considered by the government.

BT's Openreach arm would be able to recover the costs through higher wholesale charges levied on BT's retail business and every other broadband provider in the country - such as TalkTalk and Sky. The government has asked Ofcom to look at BT's plans on how to recover its rural broadband rollout costs as part of its existing review.

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