Plan would cover 1.4 million homes but rivals warn that consumers will end up footing the bill

BT has offered to make high-speed broadband available to the one million-plus rural homes left behind in the internet revolution, potentially accelerating the process by which every household will have access to fast connections.

BT’s subsidiary Openreach, which controls the UK’s broadband network, has told ministers it will spend £600m to ensure 1.4 million rural homes have access to a minimum speed of 10Mb by 2020, meeting a Conservative pledge.

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