BT Faces Possible Split Over Future Fibre Network Monopoly

By Gary Cutlack on at

It looks like someone's been listening to the Angry Virgin Media man, as it's emerged today that some members of parliament are concerned BT might end up with too dominant a position in our telecomms world once again.

Shadow business minister Chi Onwurah told a House of Lords select committee hearing he believes the UK is "sleepwalking into another monopoly" and that current competition for superfast connections, which basically amounts to Virgin Media in the big towns and cities, isn't enough to stop BT crushing all comers.

Onwurah added: "I think structural separation is something we are going to have to look at," which would probably see the fibre broadband part of the network split from the copper phone and infrastructure segment.

BT currently has fibre networks in reach of 10m homes and offices, plus, what really angered Virgin Media's boss yesterday, was that the network, along with tech company Fujitsu, is in line to spend the government's £980m BDUK network upgrade cash pile, which is designed to ensure everyone in the country can get at least a 2Mbps broadband line by 2015. [Guardian via Techradar]

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