Saturday, 24 June 2017

BT 'disturbed' by UK govt's rural broadband report

By Nick Wood, Total Telecom
Thursday 26 September 13

Public Accounts Committee calls for halt to further public spending on grounds that BT is exploiting its 'quasi-monopolistic' position.

BT on Thursday defended itself against a damning report by the U.K. government's Public Accounts Committee that accused it of exploiting its "quasi-monopolistic" grip on the country's rural broadband deployment. PAC chair Margaret Hodge also blamed the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) for the situation, claiming its mismanagement of the programme led to insufficient competition in the process used by local councils to procure broadband networks. 44 local authorities were allocated a share of £530 million of central government funds…

BT on Thursday defended itself against a damning report by the U.K. government's Public Accounts Committee that accused it of exploiting its "quasi-monopolistic" grip on the country's rural broadband deployment. PAC chair Margaret Hodge also blamed the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) for the situation, claiming its mismanagement of the programme led to insufficient competition in the process used by local councils to procure broadband networks. 44 local authorities were allocated a share of £530 million of central government funds…

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