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BT Denies ‘Sinister’ Broadband Delay
By: MarkJ - 12 January, 2004 (1:06 PM)

The recent news that two different local community broadband projects were forced to delay their services due to problems at BTs end had caused some to expect foul play. Today BT has denied that there was ever anything sinister behind the difficulties:

In effect, BT's admitted delay means that any competitive advantage that WNCB's wireless broadband scheme might have had has now evaporated, with the wireless and ADSL services expected to be made available around the same time.

WNCB's Will Newman told The Register that the matter has already been escalated within communications regulator Ofcom, with officials there understood to be looking into the matter. Said Mr Newman: "It seems that BT is only prepared to give us our circuits when they are in a position to compete."

A spokesman for BT denied the telco was involved in any dirty tricks insisting that there was "no sinister reason" behind what he described as "genuine delays".

It’s unknown how long it will take Ofcom to fully investigate the complaint(s), although the outcome should make for an interesting read. More @ The Register.

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