Rural broadband costs higher

The cost of connecting rural Britain to superfast fibre-based broadband will far exceed costs in urban areas, say government advisers.

The cost of connecting rural Britain to superfast fibre-based broadband will far exceed costs in urban areas, say government advisers.Fibre-based connections, which enable download speeds of 30-100 megabits per second, could deliver a range of benefits.But the Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG) said rolling out fibre nationwide would cost up to £28.8bn, depending on the technology used. The cheapest option would cost £5.1bn.