The East of England Development Agency has signed a deal with BT that will see broadband services being brought to eight exchanges areas that BT otherwise would not have enabled under its normal commercial rules. More details over at Egovmonitor.com.
The exchanges to be enabled will be Broadfield, Hertfordshire; Burnt Fen, Suffolk; Higham, Suffolk; Knarr Cross, Cambridgeshire; Brandon Creek, Norfolk; Nordelph, Norfolk; Linstead, Suffolk; and Six Mile Bottom in Cambridgeshire. The exchanges are to get ADSL, and additionally will also be enabled for SDSL thus benefiting businesses in the area. The work on the exchanges is slated to begin in the next few months and completed by the end of October 2005.
An interesting quote from Peter McCarthy-Ward of BT is shown below. This quote gives some idea of the costs to date for the UK roll-out of ADSL by BT, £1.5 billion.
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