Rural broadband plans criticised

The government's £1.2bn rural broadband scheme has been criticised by a MPs on the public accounts committee. But BT, which won the contract, said it was "disturbed" by the report and that it was "simply wrong".

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BT 'disturbed' by MPs' critical rural broadband report

We are disturbed by today's report, which we believe is simply wrong and fails to take on board a point-by-point correction we sent to the committee several weeks ago.

We have been transparent from the start and willing to invest when others have not.

It is therefore mystifying that we are being criticised for accepting onerous terms in exchange for public subsidy - terms which drove others away.

The taxpayer is undoubtedly getting value for money.

BT faces a payback period of around 15 years on its rural broadband investments in spite of the subsidies available.

The DCMS (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) has imposed a rigorous auditing process that ensures every penny is accounted for.

– BT spokeswoman

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