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BT's Openreach division and the Home Builders Federation (HBF) have agreed to deliver superfast broadband connectivity to all new build homes.

A deal brokered by the government means fibre-based broadband will be offered to every new development either as part of a co-funded initiative or free of charge.

Openreach has hailed this as an "important step" towards bringing fibre broadband to as many new homes as possible.

Indeed, Chief Executive Clive Selley pointed out that high speed broadband connectivity is a major factor for homeowners when deciding to buy a house. 

"That’s why we’re offering to deliver fibre to all new build developments either for free or as a co-funded model," he commented.

Openreach is expected to pay the entire bill for more than half of all new build properties before approaching developers for funds.

The organisation will also provide an online planning tool to construction firms, so they can see whether properties in a certain development are able to be connected for free or if the developer needs to make a financial contribution.

Furthermore, Openreach is providing a rate card that details the fixed cost contributions required by home builders on developments where joint funding is required.

Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey stated that the government is aiming to deliver a million new homes during the course of this parliament.

He insisted that broadband connectivity is "just one thing" that property buyers expect when they are purchasing a house.

As a result, he believes this "industry-led push to make superfast, or indeed ultrafast, broadband speeds available by default in new homes represents a very important step in meeting the UK’s digital needs".

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