In response to our article (Fibre Optic Broadband fails to materialise in Marylebone), we have received some interesting information from an Association member who has contacted BT about the lack of progress in bringing fibre optic broadband into his area in Marylebone. The response from BT includes the following:
"For your information you're one of 58 street cabinets served off MARYLEBONE exchange. We plan to cover 13 of those from our own investment as they fulfil the technical and commercial criteria (payback in less than c13 years), unfortunately yours is not one of them because it is relatively small so the payback is too long to be commercially viable.
Probably for the same reason, this cab is also not in any BDUK (a government co-investment initiative) deployment plans that have currently been specified. That may change with the second round of BDUK for alternatively if there are like minded neighbours, you could do the co-investment with us."
So, what can we read from this? It appears that BT considers it not commercially viable at this time to roll out Fibre Optic broadband to the whole of Marylebone unless:
- Residents and businesses "co-invest" in the infrastructure or
- That we get BDUK funding which is probably not applicable to Marylebone as it is for "rural" areas of the UK.
We would encourage all residents and businesses to take this issue up with BT and our elected officials.