BT to be broken up due to 'monopolising' superfast broadband?
BT could be broken up into two separate companies because they're monopolising the UK's superfast broadband. This is according shadow business minister Chi Onwurah who absolutely no-one has heard of.
"BT must be made to understand that if superfast broadband is a monopoly, they will not be allowed to enjoy it," Onwurah said to the House of Lords. "I think structural separation is something we are going to have to look at," she said. "It's a significant intervention and BT would rightly complain but monopoly provision of superfast broadband just isn't an acceptable option."
Of course, what this means for us plebs is that it'll take even longer for us to get our mucky paws on lovely superfast broadband speeds. God knows what it's going to be like when everyone starts fighting over the bones of 4G.
The squabble has started thanks to the amount of money being spent to improve Britain's broadband network. A total of £980m has been put-aside to upgrade the old copper wires to fibre. £530m will be spent by local councils. However, BT's rivals think that this money will all go to BT. Or, if you prefer, Fujitsu are complaining about this as they're the only other people who are competing for contracts with the 35 councils signed up to the agreement being run by the government's Broadband development UK (BDUK) team.
"The government is doing so much to get competition into the NHS where nobody really wants it, and doing so little to get competition into telecoms where everybody agrees it is the best way," said Onwurah. She said ministers risked "sleepwalking into another monopoly."
Splitting BT up would cost the tax-payer billions of pounds, which is yet another pain in the rear and BT are keen to point out that they're spending £2.5bn of its own money to upgrade connections.