BT has acted 'like cowboy builders' in broadband rollout header image

Published: 22nd Jun 2016

An MP has criticised BT's approach to the rollout of super-fast broadband across the UK.

Ian Liddell-Grainer, MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset, has been forthright in his condemnation of the company, claiming it has deliberately delayed the implementation of improved services in order to save money.

Speaking to the Western Morning News, he stated: "In the case of my own village we were promised the service by May and now we are told it is going to be September - but I’m certainly not holding my breath.

"BT are behaving like the worst kind of cowboy builders - the ones who turn up, lay a few bricks and then aren’t seen again for weeks.”

The telecoms giant has claimed it is rolling out improved connectivity as quickly as possible, but Mr Liddell-Grainer has suggested the organisation is reluctant to provide the £4.5 million contribution needed for faster progress.

Some 90 per cent of homes in Devon and Somerset are expected to receive access to super-fast broadband through BT and the government's Broadband Delivery UK programme.

Exactly when this target will be reached remains somewhat unclear and Mr Liddell-Grainer's comments highlight the frustration this lack of clarity can cause. 

Those people who fall outside of the 90 per cent may well have to investigate alternative means of achieving a fast and reliable internet connection, such as satellite broadband

The technology is also a viable option for those individuals who are waiting to see if they will be included in the rollout. Avonline's Fibre Guarantee makes it possible to upgrade to satellite now and switch to fibre optic broadband if and when it becomes available at no extra cost.