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Published: 22nd Jun 2016

There is a lack of consistency in the way housing developers approach broadband connectivity in new builds. 

This is according to Cable.co.uk, which has looked into the issue. It found that out of four major developers - Barratt, Miller, Taylor Wimpey and Redrow Homes - only the latter could confirm that broadband connections are laid in all the new homes it constructs.

A spokesperson for Taylor Wimpey told the news provider: "If a cable provider is running cables to our development, then we will take the cables into our homes - however, we don’t install cable ducting as a rule where there is no cable provider."

The Home Builders Federation, of which all four of the providers analysed by Cable are members, said it is the responsibility of the broadband supplier to make sure new homes have access to a good level of connectivity. 

Dave Mitchell, technical director at the organisation, stated: "There is no requirement to put broadband in but we do it. It's BT that is not connecting the lines."

There have been a number of reports concerning new housing developments that have been left with slow and unreliable broadband in recent months and internet access is becoming increasingly important to the housing market as a whole.

For example, last month saw Alexander Gosling - managing director of online estate agency housesimple - say slow broadband can take as much as a quarter off the value of a home. 

He told the Express most people now "couldn't survive without a fast broadband connection at home".

The last few months have also seen research released from Imperial College Business School and the London School of Economics and Political Science. It found that for every time the average connection speed at a property is doubled, its value was increased by three per cent.

People from London were found to be the most willing to pay more for faster broadband.