BT could receive entire BDUK budget
The entirety of the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) office's budget for the upgrade of superfast broadband services could be handed to BT, one Conservative MP has stated.
MP for Haltemprice and Howden David Davis seems to have ruled out the possibility of other companies receiving funding from BDUK in an interview with a national publication.
He told The Times: "The government intends to direct about £530 million from the BBC licence fee to enable BT to invest £5 billion in laying cable to about 60 per cent of the population, mainly in urban areas."
However, this would mean that schemes by Virgin Media, TalkTalk and Cisco among others for the delivery of rural superfast broadband networks would not receive government funding.
Meanwhile, BT has announced the rollout of superfast broadband services to 100,000 homes in Buckinghamshire across seven local communities - High Wycombe, Milton Keynes, Shenley Church End, Burnham, Bourne End, Penn and Wolverton.
The company claimed it will be offering download speeds of up 40 Mbps in these areas, with future potential for these transfer rates to increase to 60 Mbps.