BT quote £150,000 for broadband connection
BT can be dead-eyed and unsympathetic at the best of times. Like this week for example when they cut-off my internet and phone because I'd not paid a bill they hadn't sent me.
Still, at least they didn't quote a figure so preposterous that it made me spray my innards all over the house. Yep, BT quoted a pensioner a whopping £150,000 to install broadband at her house in rural Wales, according to The Reg.
Beverley McCartney, who lives in Salem, Carmarthenshire, was contacted by BT last week and after telling her that they couldn't connect her home, they worked out that they actually could, and would do it for the bargain price of £129,613.54 plus VAT. As a kind gesture, BT offered to contribute £8,000.
A shocked Mrs McCartney said: "I phoned BT and said surely this is a typing error and the girl said, 'No, there's been no mistake, other people have had bills for much more than this.'"
Other houses in Salem, which is three miles outside Llandeilo, do have broadband, so the village isn't classified as a "not-spot" which would qualify for a Welsh Assembly subsidy.
BT spokesman Chris Orum defended the quote. "If it's just one individual person and it requires upgrading the network for one person, no company would cover that," he said.