BT and BDUK comes under PAC scrutiny again header image

Published: 28th Jan 2014

BT and the government's Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) project have faced further scrutiny from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

In 2013, the PAC raised serious concerns about the way the BDUK scheme, which aims to bring super-fast broadband to 90 per cent of the UK, is being run. 

The committee accused the government of mismanaging the project and claimed it has allowed BT to establish a monopoly by being the only company authorised to carry out projects using funding from the initiative. 

Another major concern highlighted by the PAC was the lack of information that has been released regarding when and where the super-fast rollout is set to take place. 

Without access to this information it is impossible for people to know if they stand to benefit from the BDUK project or not and makes it hard for smaller internet service providers to bid for funding from the Rural Community Broadband Fund.

Yesterday (January 27th), saw the PAC raise this issue with Sean Williams, BT's group strategy director, who claimed responsibility for publishing this data lies with local authorities, ISPreview reports. 

"It is a matter for local bodies to decide what information they put into the public domain and some have chosen to put the full information into the public domain and some have put maps in at a slightly higher level," he stated.

Mr Williams said he believes this may be due to the fact plans for the rollout have not yet been set in stone and councils do not want to risk providing people with information that could then change.

Following the PAC meeting, the BDUK project has pledged to write to all local authorities reminding them of the information they can release and encouraging them to publish more.

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