Prime Minister David Cameron has asked for BT to provide more data on the UK-wide rollout of superfast broadband, in order for rival broadband suppliers to ascertain whether any 'gaps' in coverage can be plugged.
It comes after the Public Accounts Committee this week issued a new report into the Broadband Delivery UK project, claiming that the £1.2 billion scheme has "serious failings" in terms of both competition and openness.
PAC chairwoman Margaret Hodge MP voiced her frustration not only at the apparent lack of competition and alternatives to BT’s infrastructure in the process, but also the supposed lack of detailed broadband rollout plans to create conditions whereby alternative suppliers could be crowded out.
Now, the PM has added his voice to the calls, demanding that BT gives more details about its rollout plans so that rival ISPs can bolster coverage, where necessary.
During Prime Minister's Questions this week, Mr Cameron was prompted into action by Liberal Democrat Alan Reid, who noted that some rural constituents are "very frustrated" that BT has not told them if or when their home will be connected, which makes alternative planning difficult.
In response, the PM stated: "I have had this discussion with BT, and I am happy to hold it again. We have asked BT to give more detail in their rollout plans about which homes and areas will get broadband so that other companies and organisations are then able to see whether there are different ways of filling any gaps."
Despite this, Mr Cameron was keen to point out that he does not think BT has been underdelivering on the project, and cited the "massive investment" going into broadband, with 10,000 homes and businesses being connected every week - something he described as a "real success story" for the country.
BT has meanwhile stated that it remains focused on delivering value for money, with a "very high level of transparency", and pledged to continue releasing data as and when it is available.