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Broadband internet claimed to need subsidy in rural areas

“Areas with less than 20,000 homes and businesses linked to a local exchange simply aren’t viable for broadband today”, Sir Christopher Bland, Chairman of British Telecommunications, told the Commons select committee on culture, media and sport on Tuesday. In its article on the hearing the Financial Times reports that Sir Christopher told MPs that the provision of broadband or fast internet access would not be commercially viable in sparsely populated areas for another 10 to 20 years.

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