Kensington and Chelsea doesn't want superfast broadband because it's ugly
While the world and his dog wants BT to hurry up in giving us superfast broadband, one stupid bit of the world doesn't want it at all, isn't that right Kensington and Chelsea?
BT planned to install 108 fibre cabinets in the borough but have now been forced into ditching their plans Kensington and Chelsea Council refused 96 of BT's planning applications for the cabinets.
"The council said the cabinets weren't in keeping with the historic streetscape. Now they can have the historic broadband to match," a cheeky BT spokesman said.
Apparently, dialogue has been going on between the two parties for some time and, according to BT, the council asked BT to bury the cabinets underground, which BT refused in case of flooding. The council then asked BT to make special small cabinets for them. BT laughed in their stupid, posh faces.
Kensington and Chelsea Council said: "BT was seeking permission for 108 cabinets, many of them in sensitive locations. It would not compromise on the number, or on the design. It would not use sites that already had unused BT equipment and it would not consider putting the equipment underground or any other method."
So, taking its ball away, BT have decided to play elsewhere, saying it had "no option but to send our engineers to other areas that are more welcoming".