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BT Won't Be Rushed

11:50 AM -- Anyone hoping that BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) might be strong-armed by the British government into investing in a widespread fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) rollout had those hopes dashed today by the U.K.'s Department for Business, following the carrier's announcement Thursday of a one-off fiber rollout in England. (See BT Goes With Huawei for FTTH .)

Excited talk about whether BT might be cornered into a monster fiber deployment, with a £15 billion (US$29.4 billion) price tag attached by some gossip-mongers, was laid to rest by a statement from the government department: "It is not for government to tell business how much and where to invest in next generation broadband."

That's not to say that government types won't be involved in any lobbying of regulator Ofcom or any interested parties.

"However, it is right that we discuss with industry, and with the regulator, how the right environment can be created that will persuade them that such investments are timely and efficient," the department's statement, emailed to EuroBlog, continued. (See Ofcom Checks Out B'band.)

None of which suggests that many Brits will get a whiff of a telco-delivered fiber connection any time in the next 20 years.

Now, which way to France? (See Iliad Gets Active With FTTH.)

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

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