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BT seething at UK free broadband plans, costs grossly underestimated

Broadband as a commodity is a discussion which has waged for a decade. Just as the industry ushers in the gigabit generation with momentous technical breakthroughs of late like DOCSIS 3.1, G.fast, FTTH and even smart WiFi to an extent – the UK’s Labour party inexplicably decided that partial renationalization of British Telecom’s fixed network is the best course of action. Revealing plans to provide free super-fast fiber optic broadband to every British citizen, the Labour party got exactly what it wanted – whipping up a storm of headlines nationwide. One crackpot reporter even compared the plans to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), which came under fire from a number of politicians prior to its founding in 1948. Free…

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