BT warns rural areas will suffer broadband delays unless government steps up

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Philip Jansen fears residents risk ‘second-class’ status in full-fibre rollout until financial barriers are lifted

People living in rural areas could face a further delay in getting next-generation full-fibre broadband unless the government stops dragging its feet and removes financial barriers, the chief executive of BT has warned.

Millions of homes face being last on the list to receive rural broadband because they are commercially unattractive for operators to reach with full-fibre broadband, which could put rural residents at risk of becoming “second-class” citizens in the digital revolution.

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