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ISPs Give Mixed Response To Ofcom
By: MarkJ - 17 December, 2003 (9:34 AM)

Ofcom has received a mixed response from ISPs to its recent proposals for regulatory changes in the wholesale broadband Internet access market. Some agree, others don't - often the way:

John Pluthero, chief executive of Energis, which is part of the recently launched Broadband Industry Group, said: "The market review says nothing new. Four years on there is still no broadband revolution - instead we have one supplier, one product and one price. Tomorrow never comes - the broadband revolution is on hold until further notice."

Tiscali UK CEO Mary Turner, which is also a member of BIG, said it was disappointed the regulators have not taken the opportunity to support cost plus or a 'roadmap' to it. "There are simple areas like activation and migration costs that easily lend themselves to cost plus and would have a significant effect on uptake and competition in the wholesale and consumer markets," she added.

However, UK ISP AOL, welcomed the proposal to more closely regulate the supply of wholesale broadband services by BT, which it said would be a significant step forward for broadband in the UK. "If the proposal were adopted, it would provide better transparency, regulatory certainty and hopefully increased efficiency in the provision of wholesale broadband services," the company said in a statement.


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