A businessman who asked BT to install a broadband line at his farmhouse home – was told it would cost a staggering £56,000. Tony Simkin had called the firm for a quote as he wanted to file his VAT tax return online. But his plans were put on hold after he claims BT quoted him £48,250 plus £8,443 VAT.
BT told Mr Simkin, who owns a jewellers shop, a new line was needed as his telephone line was shared with an unmanned water pumping station nearby.
Mr Simkin, of Beulah, Ceredigion, said: “What I find galling is I understand if it were not for my shared line I would now be connected to the internet just like the two neighbouring farms, which are within 400 yards of my house.
“Bt never asked me to share the line. Yet I am being asked to pay over £50,000 because of BT’s action in extending my line to it. I believe it’s grossly unfair.”
Bt claims he was quoted £40,000 excl VAT. A spokesman added: “There can be very rare cases where additional charges are applied because of an exceptional amount of work required in order to provide service.”