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BT reaches agreement with Kensington and Chelsea over broadband cabinets
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has approved the location of 140 street cabinets.BT has finally reached an agreement with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea over the siting of fibre optic broadband street cabinets.
Last May, the telecoms giant was forced to axe its super-fast broadband plans for the borough after the local council blocked 96 of the 108 proposed locations for the cabinets, on the grounds that they would spoil the area's "historic streetscapes and listed buildings".
Positions have now been found for 140 cabinets following a series of joint site visits by the council and Openreach, BT's local access network business, with work now underway at more than half of these locations and 18 cabinets already live.
This and further deployments will bring fibre optic broadband connectivity within reach of more than 50,000 homes and businesses in the borough.
Tim Ahern, the Royal Borough's cabinet member for planning policy, said: "Fibre broadband will provide a major boost both for residents and businesses in the borough, so we're glad to have been able to reach an agreement with Openreach."