Reply to post: Rural broadband

BT blames 'faulty router' for mega outage. Did they try turning it off and on again?

Nigel 11

Rural broadband

There's only one answer for rural broadband, and it's independant of the future of BT Openreach.

Some time during the last century a telephone line went from being a luxury to an essential, and the Post Office (as it then was) was placed under a universal service obligation. Which inevitably made telephone lines slightly more expensive for everyone in towns and cities.

Around now, a broadband service of at least 4Mbps (I'd say 8Mbps) has gone from being a luxury to an essential, and OpenReach needs to be placed under a universal service obligation. And yes, it means that everyone's fixed line rental will have to go up a bit.

Until they are under a USO it is simple economics that they will concentrate on the 90% of the profit that comes most easily (ie folks in towns and cities) and pay lip-service only to providing folks living a long way away from an exchange with anything but the least good service that they can get away with.

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