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CMA Calls For Tighter BT Regulation

Posted: 05th Jul, 2004 By: MarkJ
Focusing on broadband availability and pricing etc., the Communications Management Association (CMA) has submitted its point of view to Ofcom’s strategic telecoms review. The submission calls for tighter regulation of BT:

"BT’s dominant position over the last 20 years has been inadequately regulated and has led to high barriers to entry [for rival suppliers], failed businesses and thwarted ambition," said the CMA.

"At a time of rapid change in the industry, the status quo can no longer be tolerated and regulation must seek to reduce to a practical minimum the opportunities for abuse by all players."

The CMA said there was a direct correlation between Ofcom’s threats of a tighter regulatory regime on BT and BT’s announcement of price cuts. A CMA spokesman said, "We are not against BT having significant market power, we are mainly concerned about what it does with that power."

Typically BT used last week’s consumer broadband price cuts as an example of how existing regulation is working. More @ ComputerWeekly.com .
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