Rise in landline prices is being looked at by Ofcom
Those who only have a landline phone, it has been suggested, are subsidising the cost of the broadband roll out across the UK. If Ofcom find foul play, they'll have to take action.
The regulators report showed that the average standard landline price had gone from £15.70 in 2013 to £17.77 last year. While a lot of people have offset this by getting better broadband deals, what about those with no internet connection?
The number of people without an internet connection is larger than you might think - 10% of homes have only a landline phone, which is somewhere in the region of 2.6million. Of course, a lot of those people are pensioners and people with low incomes.
The Ofcom study says: "These voice only customers also have fewer options from switching. The majority are with BT, with TalkTalk no longer offering a standalone voice service and Virgin Media and Sky offering but not actively promoting theirs."
BT have raised prices for line rental, to between £17.99 and £19.99 a month for their customers. Call charges also went up. Sky put their line rental up to £17.40 just before Christmas.
An Ofcom spokesperson said: "We’re concerned about increasing landline prices and how this particularly affects elderly and vulnerable people who depend on their home phone, but are less likely to switch."
"We’re monitoring prices extremely closely and will step in, as necessary, to ensure vulnerable consumers are protected."