So Openreach get to pick up the bill?
How does 'regulation' of this market work exactly? It's a free market, with our illustrious govt selling off their interest in it to the private sector. Now they think they can make a private company spend it's cash at their command? Does Virgin Media have the same obligation? Kcom?
Is it right to make a dominant provider more dominant by tying rural locations down to one supplier? Shouldn't the govt get telecoms companies to jointly own rural infrastructure, so they locals can choose who provide their service?
This seems like so much stinky wind from govt officials, a declaration without any reasonable plan. But then Tony Blair proposed 'Broadband Britain' in 2001, then spent all the cash bombing Iraq instead.