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ISPA Calls For Stronger Regulation
By: MarkJ - 12 November, 2003 (8:53 AM)

The UK Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) has called for more regulation to ensure fair competition. The group was speaking at yesterdays Trade and Industry inquiry into the progress of UK broadband:

Oftel told the Committee it was continuing to encourage competition and that there were now 2.6m broadband connections in the country, with more than 30,000 new connections a week.

Restrictions placed on BT after deregulation of the telecoms market means it has to make its products available to other service providers at wholesale prices to ensure they can compete fairly on price.

About 150 net service providers compete with BT to sell ADSL, but many are still critical about the grip it has on ADSL delivery. Freeserve told the Committee a more vigorous adjustment to local loop unbundling costs would let the competition move away from dependence on BT and offer new services.


Sadly we'll have to wait a little longer before the final report is published at the end of the year. No doubt more comments from officials will be forthcoming before then. More @ BBC News Online.


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