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Date posted: 31/05/2012
BT has halted its plans to roll-out high-speed broadband to one of the country's wealthiest areas following a dispute over street cabinets.
Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council blocked 96 out of 108 planned sites for new cabinets, saying they would ruin "our historic streetscape".
BT said residents should not "have to put up with historic broadband speeds".
Virgin Media, BT's largest rival, operates its high-speed service in the area.
A spokesman for BT said the move was "strangling competition".
"Other councils, including those of neighbouring boroughs, have shown a greater eagerness to enjoy the benefits of fibre broadband," the company said.
"We will therefore re-focus our engineers' efforts in other areas where planning authorities have taken a positive approach and are keen to ensure their residents and businesses can benefit from this technology."
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