RURAL businesses looking for faster Internet connection are being urged to register their interest as part of a campaign to force BT to extend its Openworld ADSL broadband network into the countryside.
Only 1,100 of BT's 5,500 telephone exchanges are equipped to handle broadband - and they are virtually all in towns and cities. This makes it harder for rural business to compete, says the Country Landowners and Business Association.
The CLA launched a campaign for better access earlier this month and now believes that cash-strapped BT, the monopoly broadband provider, is deliberately playing down the need to extend the system because of the costs involved.
So working on the principle that "if you don't ask, you don't get," the CLA is urging all interested parties to register with their service provider, which will pass on the demand to BT.
Full information on how to do this is available on the BT web site: www.bt.com/broadband