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Wi-Fi ISP Obstructed By BT - Complains
By: MarkJ - 06 December, 2003 (9:52 AM)

Berkshire based FDM Broadband, which uses Wi-Fi to bring broadband Internet access to local communities, has been forced to lodge a complaint with Ofcom (formerly Oftel) after allegedly being obstructed by BT:

But to connect its village base stations to Internet points of presence, FDM has no option but to lease a private line from BT, a potential competitor.

"So far in every village that FDM has offered its service, BT has failed to supply this network link on time. As a result, FDM loses revenue and its wireless roll-out has been constantly impeded," said the group today.

BT apparently has explained what went wrong, but Crossman is unimpressed: "I have no way of assessing the validity of BT's excuses, but I do know that the users who have worked with me to bring broadband to their villages are now being denied service," he said today.

We can't help but wonder if Ofcom will do a better job than Oftel of investigating such complaints. More @ NewsWireless.

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