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BT has been accused by MPs of "vastly overestimating" the cost of providing broadband to rural areas.

It follows a National Audit Office (NAO) report, which revealed that the rollout will cost at least £92m less than BT had originally said.

The government said that the spare cash would be ploughed back into offering fast broadband to more remote areas.

BT said that the claim - made by MPs on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) - was "bizarre".

PAC told the BBC it questioned why BT had told the committee it would cost so much more.

"Although it's reassuring that the cost to the public purse could end up being £92m (25%) less than what BT had originally forecast in its bid, I worry that this does not stack up with what BT told my committee in 2013 - that it factors in a contingency of between 5% and 8%, which might not get spent, a much smaller proportion than 25%," Margaret Hodge, chair of the PAC, told the BBC.

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