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Published: 22nd Jun 2016

BT has admitted it will not be releasing certain information regarding its government-backed rollout of super-fast broadband. 

The company is working with the coalition to bring high-speed fibre optic services to 90 per cent of the UK, but the lack of exact details - such as post code data - about which areas stand to benefit from the scheme and those that will miss out has been criticised. 

Speaking at an event in London yesterday (November 11th), BT managing director of next-generation access Bill Murphy revealed it is the company and not local authorities that has chosen to keep this information private, Computer Weekly reports. 

"It's commercially sensitive information. You can publish [coverage] maps and most councils are doing that… [but] you never know until you get there. We have a plan and a view but you do not know until you do the surveys and build and it is subject to change," he stated.

Computer Weekly claimed this stance goes against previous comments from BT group director of strategy, policy and portfolio Sean Williams, who claimed local authorities had the choice to publish details of the rollout. However, BT has contacted the news provider and said it never supported the release of postcode data.

"Any data available now will undoubtedly change, so local authorities would have raised hopes only to have dashed them," the company stated.

The lack of precise information regarding BT's super-fast rollout has attracted criticism from politicians and communities across the country. At the end of October, Paul Hodgkinson, Gloucestershire county councillor for Bourton and Northleach, called for details about the £57 million Fastershire project to be revealed to all councillors and the general public.

Meanwhile in September, a spokesperson for the South-west Shropshire and Marches Campaign for Better Broadband told the Shropshire Star clearer information about when and where connections will be improved was needed.

If you are worried your home may not be included in BT's super-fast rollout, satellite broadband is an ideal alternative that can provide speeds of up to 20 Mbps.