BT has been forced to move 20 of the new street-side cabinets used to provide the fibre-to-the-cabinet based broadband service in Muswell Hill. Local residents in a conservation area complained about the location and size of the boxes and Haringey Council has stated that 20 of these boxes broke planning laws and will need to be moved. All the boxes installed in the area are also to be painted black so they blend better with existing street furniture.
"As Muswell Hill is a pilot area, and Next Generation Access is a new technology we are still learning lessons from the deployment of these cabinets, and are constantly evolving their design and specification, in co-operation with local authorities.
"However, it is important to note that thanks to the deployment of this technology, residents of Muswell Hill will be amongst the first in the country to benefit from access to super-fast fibre broadband services."BT Statement
A new location has been found for three quarters of the cabinets which are to be moved. It is usually mobile phone masts that throw up complaints from residents not wanting them to be sited near their home, but presumably those who complained are happy to receive a poorer broadband service due to the cabinets being placed less optimally.