MPs warn that Ofcom’s refusal to break up BT will condemn millions to 'dire' broadband

MPs warn that Ofcom’s refusal to break up BT will condemn millions to 'dire' broadband

In a recent report, The Telegraph said that UK broadcasting regulator Ofcom’s refusal to break up BT has led MPs to issue a warning that the move will leave million of households in the country with "dire" broadband speeds.

With 121 MPs from all parties having called for BT to be broken up, Ofcom has – based on a year-long review – rejected the calls to end the monopoly of BT by forcing the company to sell off its broadband division.

Since the campaigners seeking the breakup of BT had warned that Ofcom-stipulated minimum expected download speeds are not being received by a “staggering” 5.7 million people in the UK, Ofcom’s rejection of calls to break up BT has infuriated the campaigners.

Against the backdrop of Ofcom’s decision, former Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps said that, as a result of the regulator’s “continuing reluctance to act,” hundreds of thousands of broadband users will be condemned to slow lane of Internet connections; thereby implying that accessing information, downloading a movie or running a business from home will take an excruciatingly longer time.

Shapps further added: "You have to wonder how many times BT Openreach has to fail the public before the regulator acts. The idea of one more chance is being stretched to its limit while ordinary families and British businesses continue to suffer through poor or no super-fast broadband.”

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