New homes across the UK could have superfast broadband under a new deal between government, the Home Builders Federation (HBF) and BT’s local access network provider Openreach.
The deal will see fibre based broadband offered to all new developments either for free or as part of a co-funded initiative. It is estimated that more than half of all new build homes can be connected to fibre broadband free of charge to developers.
As part of the agreement, Openreach is introducing an online planning tool for homebuilders. This will tell them whether homes in a development can be connected to fibre for free, or if a contribution is needed from the developer to jointly fund the deployment of the local fibre network.
Openreach has set out the fixed cost contributions required by homebuilders in those cases where joint funding is required, and will make a significant contribution itself before seeking any funds from developers. HBF will promote and support uptake of the co-funding offer among their members, and emphasise the need to plan for connectivity early.
Stewart Baseley, executive chairman of the HBF said: “Broadband speeds are an increasingly important factor in the home buying process and this offer to developers will see more new build purchasers benefit from the very best connectivity to go alongside the many other advantages of purchasing a brand new home”.