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BT and Virgin Media are at loggerheads with Birmingham City Council and have launched legal action against its plans to build a superfast broadband network.

Birmingham City Council is keen to build a 100+ Mbps (megabits per second) broadband network to serve specific local areas including Digbeth, Eastside and the city’s Jewellery Quarter.

The council has successfully applied for European Commission State Aid funding for the scheme which it wants to help boost local areas underserved by current suppliers.

It is one of the first European cities to acquire EC State Aid for a superfast broadband initiative but Virgin Media and BT argues there is “significant overbuild” with its current network.

Virgin Media said:

“We fully support the Urban Broadband Fund and government ambitions to bring superfast broadband to areas not currently served by existing fibre networks.”

The case is yet to be resolved…

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