BT dismisses claims it is artificially hiking broadband rollout costs

19 Sep 2012

BT Group has reacted swiftly to refute suggestions it is deliberately hiking the cost of rolling out broadband infrastructure under the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) scheme. The carrier, to date the sole beneficiary of the government’s GBP530 million (USD861 million) public broadband scheme, says accusations it is inflating its rollout costs are ‘ludicrous’. Nonetheless, several online journals claim the carrier is now facing an investigation over the way it accounts for BDUK rollout costs, amid concerns that local authorities are being forced to pay more for improvements in high speed internet coverage and transmission speeds.

United Kingdom, BT Group (incl. Openreach)