If you live in the countryside then you’re probably familiar with the rural broadband struggle – you were probably able to make a cup of tea in the time it took this page to load. But don’t despair a BT superfast broadband update could be coming to your rescue.

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BT has announced that it will be upgrading around 700,000 customers to BT superfast broadband for free. The upgrade will largely focus on households and businesses in more rural areas that are still using old copper broadband lines.

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BT is aiming to upgrade these lines by next summer to fibre cables which will see broadband speeds boosted from 10Mbps to 50Mps. Not to mention that customers new BT superfast broadband update will be far more reliable.

Other than being able to binge-watch the Capture or Peaky Blinders without buffering enforced tea breaks, the best part is BT won’t charge customers a penny for the upgrade.

If you qualify for the upgrade you will receive an email or a letter from BT notifying you in advance.

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A new broadband hub will be sent to your address along with installation instructions. Once the hub has been an installed the Openreach will complete the upgrade for you.

When you next receive a bill from BT, the new broadband plan will be detailed. However, your monthly price and length of contract will all stay the same as before the upgrade.

BT says that the upgrade will currently focus on those with copper broadband and will begin moving customers this month.

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However, if you’re one of the 10 per cent of BT customers who are stuck without fibre broadband because of where you live, you should see your broadband bill slashed in price.

BT says it will automatically cut the price of the broadband bill of customers living in these areas. The company can’t confirm how much bills will be cut by but promised to do everything it can to provide the fastest and most reliable broadband connections to these customers.

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If you need us we’ll be standing by the postbox waiting for our BT upgrade  like an 11-year-old awaiting a  Hogwart’s acceptance letter.

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