Ofcom demand faster broadband!
Ofcom, the people you usually hear bitching about TV programmes, have unveiled new proposals to encourage the rollout of super-fast broadband across the UK, according to the Beeb.
They're proposing that BT's fibre lines are opened up to everyone else (aka rival firms such as Sky and TalkTalk) so that BT don't have to wipe everyone's arse all the time and everyone can just crack on with providing their own services to consumers.
Ofcom hopes that this would lead to millions more consumers enjoying speeds of 50 to 100 megabits per second. This idea is basically an old one that BT themselves once employed. BT's copper telephone network was opened to rival phone and broadband services.
The regulator also think that BT should offer other companies access to their underground ducts and overhead telegraph poles in the hope that this would allow everyone else to build their own fibre networks more cost-effectively.
This is all very mooshy mooshy and BT, wanting to play along as best they can have said that their fibre network was already open to other firms and that it was not being "forced" to provide access.
"BT has already said that it is willing to open its ducts, so the requirement we do so comes as no surprise," BT added.
"We agree with Ofcom that there are challenges with such access, but we will work with industry to define a suitable product that meets everyone's needs. Duct access is unlikely to be the 'silver bullet' to get fibre to the countryside, but all options should be explored."
How boring was that?