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August 18, 2009

The cost of rural broadband is around £100,000

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by David Allen

Rural broadband may be difficult to get and, even when broadband can be provided to a remote area, it may still be out of reach for some consumers, as a Tesco customer from Scotland found out.

The customer, living in a remote part of the Scottish Highlands, was told by Tesco that a broadband connection is possible when it isn’t, however this appears to be a unique situation.

The customer is currently using dial-up and shares the phone line with a payphone that her landlady had installed for tourists.

According to BT Openreach, because there is a device that allows the line to be used by several people, new cables would be required.

A while later Tesco sent the customer an email explaining that BT Openreach would be prepared to pay £8,000 towards the cost, which sounded great until she noticed that the cost would be £91,500.

BT has since juggled the price and come up with a cost of £80,500 and BT Openreach will pay £16,000 towards it.

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