Ofcom has announced a plan to simplify the ways outside networks access BT's lines and equipment, with the hope that it'll lead to more full-fibre connections hooked into the UK's homes and workplaces.
The scheme will let BT's competitors access its ducts and poles as previously announced, with an emphasis on building rival networks capable of delivering the "full-fibre" internets of the distant future that can exist alongside the country's ageing copper network.
The basic idea is to encourage competition to build lines, which ought to be good news for people living in any of BT's superfast coverage notspots. Meanwhile, additional changes to BT's cost recovery processes should ensure it's not left shouldering the entire cost of repairing these shared ducts in the future.
Ofcom's Yih-Choung Teh, the regulator's competition policy director, said: "Today we’re explaining how access to BT’s tunnels and poles could be improved, allowing other providers to connect ultrafast, fibre broadband directly to UK homes and offices. Our plans will give providers increased confidence to invest in their own full-fibre networks at reduced cost." [Ofcom]