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The upscale London borough of Kensington and Chelsea is delaying BT's fibre optic broadband rollout by campaigning against the big green street cabinets needed to house the technology.

In total, 96 of 108 applications for the cabinets have been rejected, with the local council stating that the "ugly" boxes will clutter the area's streets.

BT has responded by saying that it will now focus its attentions on areas which "have shown a greater eagerness to enjoy the benefits of broadband."

Residents in Kensington and Chelsea have access to Virgin Media's high-speed broadband service, however, BT has said that the council is "strangling competition" by restricting its services.

Kensington and Chelsea has said that BT is not being flexible enough, stating that the broadband provider has made no efforts to compromise on the number or design of the boxes.

"It would not use sites that already had unused BT equipment and it would not consider putting the equipment underground, or any other method," the council stated.

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