Ofcom to force BT Wholesale to cut broadband prices
Ofcom, the nation's most famous meddling gits, are actually trying to do something useful as they chase after BT, demanding that they cut the price of broadband.
Many rural communities could get cheaper broadband after Ofcom announced proposals which they hope will force BT Wholesale to lower prices that they charge to other ISPs to use their infrastructure.
Basically, the regulator is proposing price reductions of 10.75 per cent to 14.75 per cent below inflation for areas where BT is the sole provider of wholesale broadband, which is mainly in rural areas, according to v3. The eventual aim of this is to see a reduced price for the customer who ends up using the services. Ofcom reckon that this would save money for around 3 million households.
Clodagh Murphy, director of business ISP Eclipse Internet, described the announcement as positive news for the future of rural broadband, but warned...
"With investment leading to greater speeds, businesses in these areas will be more efficient and will benefit from greater access to internet-based technologies. This, in turn, will help them and the local economy. We have already started to see increased investment in infrastructure in rural areas; a good example is the current rollout of superfast fibre broadband in Cornwall. This is a promising start, but there is still a long way to go."