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Ofcom extends regulation over Openreach

Posted by Babatunde Onabajo on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 at 10:49

Ofcom has announced a new cap in the price Openreach – BT’s infrastructure arm – can charge telecoms providers for the 40Mbit/s service they use to offer superfast broadband. The regulator insists...


Ofcom to order “legal separation” of Openreach from BT

Posted by malcolm on Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 at 10:37

The new Openreach would have its own Board of Directors and its own balance sheet. It would still be wholly owned by BT, and it is not clear how much day-to-day authority BT would have over its...

Netflix and Comcast announce direct connection agreement

Posted by malcolm on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 at 10:09

Netflix has reached a deal with Comcast, the USA’s largest ISP, to “established a more direct connection” between their networks. The terms of the agreement, including whether and how much Netflix...

Ofcom plans to reduce prices for high-speed data links

Posted by malcolm on Monday, February 25th, 2013 at 16:20

Ofcom is proposing to regulate the price of BT’s very high-bandwidth wholesale leased line services at speeds above 1 Gbit/s, after a review concluded that BT had ‘significant market power’ in that...

Ofcom proposes new BT Openreach price controls

Posted by malcolm on Tuesday, February 7th, 2012 at 14:49

Ofcom is proposing new price controls on BT Openreach’s Local Loop Unbundling (LLU) and Wholesale Line Rental (WLR) services. Under the proposed changes, combined use of a broadband and phone line...

Public Accounts Committee criticises Ofcom

Posted by malcolm on Thursday, February 10th, 2011 at 11:04

Ofcom should do more to promote competition amongst landline providers and making switching suppliers easier, according to a report by the influential MPs’ spending watchdog, the Public Accounts...

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