BT should let rivals use infrastructure to lay faster broadband cables, Ofcom says | Business | The Guardian: "Although Ofcom does not have powers to impose any changes on BT, it will seek a voluntary agreement with the telecoms regulator. If BT does not cooperate, Ofcom can refer the decision to the Competition and Markets Authority, a long process that both sides will likely seek to avoid.
Dan Howdle, telecoms expert at broadband and phone advice site Cable.co.uk, said Ofcom had not been tough enough. “Ofcom’s decision to open up Openreach’s poles and tunnelling to competitors and to give them more say in future strategic and budgetary decision-making goes halfway to alleviating competitor complaints, but stops short of addressing the prime concern.
“With Openreach currently in the midst of its BDUK superfast broadband rollout, aimed at reaching 95% of UK homes by next year – a rollout couched in £1.7bn of public money and a potentially vote-swinging degree of incumbent reputation – the decision should be seen as one of least disruption. It is, perhaps, a case of poor timing winning out over common sense.
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