BT and its Openreach pals have upped one of their entirely voluntary aren't-we-doing-well? broadband targets, boosting the number of premises it expects to have full fibre to the premises connections by 2020 from two million to three million.
The bad news for anyone living down a potholed country lane and nursing a 0.9Mb connection through the evenings is that eight cities have been picked out as the easiest places to wire up in a hurry to meet a target that sounds impressive, with Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, London and Manchester the ones to benefit from this renewed push to get people on full fibre lines.
The vague future plan is to have 10m UK homes and businesses on ultrafast/full fibre connections through BT by around 2025 or so, with "up to 40" towns and cities eventually being added to this roll out list. [Openreach]