Union Prospect slams BT super-fast broadband investigation

Tuesday, May 7th 2013
Ofcom has been criticised for launching an inquiry into BT's perceived dominance of the super-fast broadband market.
Union Prospect slams BT super-fast broadband investigation
Ofcom's decision to investigate BT's super-fast broadband pricing could hold up vital investment in the technology, according to Prospect, the UK's largest union representing professional engineers.

The telecoms industry watchdog, which decided to launch the inquiry in response to a complaint from TalkTalk, will consider whether BT has unfairly benefited from its dominant position in the market - in contravention of UK or EU competition rules.

However, Prospect argued that the investigation reinforces the incorrect view that the telecoms giant has developed a monopoly over the provision of fibre optic broadband, reports Mobile Today.

Dai Hudd, the union's deputy general secretary, said the UK is in need of more spending on next-generation broadband networks for a variety of reasons, including the social and economic benefits they deliver.

"This investigation won't move us any closer to achieving the super-fast broadband infrastructure that we need, so there is no purpose in conducting it," he insisted. "Furthermore, there is no case to answer."

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