NAO and MPs criticise rural broadband project
MPs and the National Audit Office (NAO) have criticised the government for ‘mismanaging’ the roll-out of broadband internet services to rural areas.
In a recent report the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said the programme gave BT, which holds 26 contracts, a “quasi monopolistic position”.
In addition, the project is running almost two years behind schedule. Its progress was not helped by taking six months longer than expected to get EU State Aid approval.
The government revised its target and now aims to deliver the rural broadband programme by 2017.
Chairman of the PAC Margaret Hodge said...