A ban on charging homes for landlines they don't use?
A lot of people are rightly annoyed that they have to pay for a landline just to get their broadband. If you're not using your landline phone to make calls on, it sticks in the craw to have to cough-up for it every time your bill comes.
Well, companies like BT (and the rest) could be stopped from charging people for landlines that they feel like they aren't using, when they've signed up for broadband packages. Reports say that one in five homeowners don't make any calls ever, from a fixed line.
With a ban, you can imagine that the telecommunications companies will just rename the landline fee and keep charging customers. Of course, you're still using the line, but culture minister Ed Vaizey has got in touch with BT, Virgin, Sky, and TalkTalk, as he wants to have a meeting with them all, before Parliament goes on its summer holidays.
Vaizey thinks these charges are "outdated", and that people should only pay for the key services they use. Vaizey said: "You get these headline prices which are misleading. People should pay for what they use. If the companies come up with a different pricing structure, that is fine, as long as they can see what they are paying for. Some people want to get rid of their landline entirely and pay for their broadband."
The MP said he suspects that this could see prices going up for other products, but he added: "At least people know what they are buying and they can make a proper comparison between different providers."
A spokesperson from Ofcom said: "Ofcom shares the Government’s concern in this area. We believe prices need to be clearer."
"Broadband advertising should show the full cost up front, including any set-up fees. So we are working closely with our sister regulator, the Advertising Standards Authority, which expects to make changes in the summer."