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Author Topic: Openreach and rivals want collaborative approach to broadband  (Read 442 times)


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Openreach and rivals want collaborative approach to broadband
« on: September 13, 2017, 12:42:58 PM »

Comments from a multi-telco panel in Westminster, including Openreach, CityFibre, VM, DCMS, Ofcom.

In essence, they want a longer-term regulatory environment that allows investments to mature, and a totally different perspective from Ofcom and coherent government policy.

Some snippets:

The 10 million target is challenging but achievable, but how we get there quickly will require a radical policy rethink and we will need to slaughter some sacred cows along the way, said [CityFibre]

 a “widening gap” between public policy goals around faster FTTP roll-out and regulatory policy

The basic problem, he described, was that [...] Ofcom’s existing regulatory approach to broadband has evolved over a number of years of a “make do and mend” approach to the UK’s passive network infrastructure

while Openreach welcomed government initiatives to improve funding for FTTP roll-out, securing capital was not the problem her organisation was coming up against

“If we want the future Matt Hancock wants, we need a different approach.”

inconsistency in central government

Virgin Media [...] pointed out the irony inherent in releasing £1bn to incentivise digital infrastructure upgrades at the same time as upping business rates across the board.

to some extent DCMS was still getting to grips with what it means to be a major governmental department

Ofcom added: We are absolutely open to a range of alternative ways of skinning this cat

Cows and cats need to watch their backs...