Fay Jones MP has welcomed the decision made by BT to halt its plans to replace landlines with digital phones. BT and other telecom companies had pledged to equip all homes with Digital Voice by 2025.
Many constituents had contacted Ms Jones with concerns over the proposed changes to phone lines and the switch to Digital Voice and Ms Jones had written to BT to share concerns.
The changes would mean home phones being plugged into broadband routers rather than a traditional wall phone socket.
Recent storms across Brecon and Radnorshire have highlighted in the event of a power cut, many homes would not be able to make calls for help, as there are still too many rural areas across the constituency that have poor broadband and weak or even non-existent mobile reception, which is incredibly concerning for our elderly and vulnerable and those living in rural areas.
Ms Jones said
“I am delighted that BT have listened and agreed to pause this rollout to research better safeguards. Landlines are a lifeline for so many people and there are just too many areas in Brecon and Radnorshire just not ready for this roll out”