Join the “Fix Britain’s Internet” and have your say on UK Broadband
UK Business owners are invited to express their views on Openreach as Internet Service Providers (ISP's) unite.
Launching the "Fix Britain's Internet" campaign Talk Talk, Sky, Vodafone and the Federation of Communication Services have united to challenge the status quo of the established Openreach and BT communications set up.
This is the latest in a long standing debate about the state of competition in the internet market of the UK. There have been increasing calls in the telecoms sector for the separation of BT and Openreach. Currently Openreach, a subsidiary of BT, has exclusive access to the infrastructure that supports the UK broadband and calls network. Whilst market disruptors Virgin Media have been investing in establishing their own infrastructure, the rest of the UK ISP's are forced to rely on the Openreach network and their services.
It is these services that BT's competitors claim are leading to poor service, inadequate speeds and service disruptions. Ofcom, the governmental telecommunications watch dog, have only this year published its findings and recommendations in a once a decade review. Whilst initially maintaining that BT should retain control over Openreach, the subsequent backlash has seemingly lead Ofcom to be open to Openreach becoming a "distinct company" from BT.
So whilst Ofcom has performed their once in a decade review of the current set up, the "Fix Britain's Internet" campaign aims to give UK businesses a voice about Ofcom's ongoing reforms to Openreach.
TalkTalk CEO Dido Harding said" "For too long, UK businesses have been let down by the nation's broadband infrastructure, receiving poor speeds and even poorer service. How is the UK economy supposed to grow and compete with the rest of the world with one hand tied behind its back by failing broadband?
"Ofcom's proposals simply don't go far enough, and we know many people up and down the country feel the same way. This is a once-in-a-decade opportunity for them to tell the regulator directly they don't want a halfway house for another decade, they want truly radical change now."
Have your say today, click here to find out more and email Ofcom directly.