“Fibre optic cable is itself now quite cheap - especially compared with copper, whose price has rocketed - but would-be providers of fibre-optic internet in rural areas face a double whammy: BT has agreements for locating its poles and ducts on many pieces of private land for very low rents known as "wayleave" which no private company could now match; and fibre-optic cable laid by new businesses attracts extremely high business rates per kilometre, compared with BT which pays a fraction of the rate, determined by the Valuation Office Agency.”
“However, Ofcom's new regulations gave no reference to "wayleave", whereby BT is granted special permission by rural groups such as the National Farmers' Union and Countryside”
“Five out of six farmers around Crosby Ravensworth have offered to forego wayleave charges and help dig trenches.”
“I apologize if the tone is rude, but a wayleave should take 6 weeks tops, not 6 months, and making appointments to install the telephone service and then not showing up is really not very cool, what kind of business can't deliver in scotland after 6 months ... i feel like i've been stood up royally and expensive like by some cheeky call center who's employees are all not responsible for the football inside the Computer CRM system.”
“Another reason is that the order system presumes an order can only take maximum 6 weeks (the call center told me this - maybe i got it wrong, but obviously they've cancelled the order twice, so i believe that there are managers in the front office who are compensated by "Average Order Time" and this order was a boat anchor, not being completed as there was a delay whilst openreach applied for a wayleave.”
“The IPD index, which used to be known as the let land index, includes houses, commercial property and wayleave sites, but is mostly farmland.”
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