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BT quotes pensioner for rural broadband (at a price)

Midnight_Caller
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BT quotes pensioner for rural broadband (at a price)

Hi All
Just seen this:
BT quotes pensioner over £150,000 to install broadband
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A pensioner says BT has quoted her more than £150,000 to install broadband to her rural home.
Beverley McCartney, of Salem, near Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, has wanted a broadband connection for years.
BT had previously told her it was not able to connect broadband, but sent a letter last week saying it could.
The company said in very rare cases exceptional charges are needed. It will contribute £8,000 to the costs but only if £129,613.54 plus VAT is paid.

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Re: BT quotes pensioner for rural broadband (at a price)

It does appear to be too far from the Llandeilo exchange to get a direct connection.
But if there are 50 houses and BT will contribute £8,000 each that's £400,000.
So they only need 20 houses to band together.... Wink
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Re: BT quotes pensioner for rural broadband (at a price)

Might be cheaper for them all to club together and set up a micro-wave link to the Llandeilo exchange... Smiley
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£150,000 for broadband?

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BT this week sank to a new low this week when it quoted a Welsh pensioner £150,000 to install broadband in her rural home near Llandeilo in Carmarthenshire, Wales.
When she received the quote, the pensioner, Beverley McCartney, could have been forgiven for thinking that instead of helping her to join the information super-highway, BT was planning on building an actual highway to her home.
BT attempted to justify the charges, telling the BBC that "in very rare cases, additional charges need to be applied because of an exceptional amount of work required to the network in order to provide service". It added that there it was working hard to find solutions for the "relatively few" areas of Wales still unable to access broadband.

Full details...http://uk.biz.yahoo.com/28052010/389/pound-150-000-broadband.html