BT have admitted that their chairman, Sir Michael Rake, is receiving broadband in a not-spot area. Local residents of Hambledon on the Oxfordshire/Buckinghamshire border have accused BT of preferential treatment to their chairman by giving him broadband, whilst the rest of the village have been suffering for years with no access to broadband.
BT have only been able to provide the service through the use of a trial technology called BET (broadband enabling technology) that allows broadband to work at speeds of up to 1Mbps at a distance of 12km. The exchange serving the village is broadband enabled, however most lines are too long for standard broadband to work.
It is common practice that companies give trials to employees before releasing to the general public, however this trial has touched some nerves and we hope the trial is opened up to other residents quickly. It is estimated that it can cost up to £3000 per line to enable broadband through BET. Residents should at least be pleased that BT haven't paid ten's of thousands to provide Rake with a dedicated leased line which wouldn't assist them in getting a broadband service any sooner.
If you can't get broadband, you can register on our broadband not-spot site to keep track and see if neighbours nearby have similar problems.