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Published: 22nd Jun 2016

A new report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has criticised the government’s £310 billion National Infrastructure Plan (NIP).

NIP includes broadband initiatives such as the Broadband Delivery UK scheme, Urban Broadband Fund, Mobile Infrastructure Project and the Rural Community Broadband Fund.

The PAC said it is not convinced that a plan requiring £310 billion of investment in infrastructure is credible given the current economic climate, the cutbacks in public finances and the difficulty in raising private funding for schemes on acceptable terms.

It described the NIP as "a list of projects, not a real plan with a strategic vision and clear priorities".

Broadband forms just a small part of the government's infrastructure aims, which focus on a wide range of services such as travel and energy.

However, the PAC report warned that nearly two-thirds of the £310 billion is expected to come from the private sector.

It claims this investment will then be transferred to consumers in the form of higher charges.

In other broadband news, BT has announced it is no longer planning to bring fibre-to-the-premises connections (FTTP) to up to a quarter of its fibre customers.

The company originally claimed that up to 25 per cent of properties included in the fibre rollout would be able to access FTTP, rather than slower fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) connections, which use copper caballing cabling to link a property to a local broadband cabinet.

A BT spokesperson told PC Pro it has decided to move away from this target due to the improved speeds that are now available through FTTC.

"We don't tend to talk about that particular target for FTTP anymore as our fibre programme has evolved, so it is far less relevant today," they commented.

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Posted by Craig Roberts