The regulator’s suggested changes are designed to encourage ‘bolder investment in broadband’, according to The Sunday Times.
They would see permitted to charge more to broadband providers using its Openreach network to fund high-speed fibre in rural areas. Providers such as TalkTalk and Sky would then have to decide whether to pass on the extra costs to consumers.
Ofcom describes the proposals as a ‘radical departure’ from current arrangements and argues that it would allow Openreach to ‘profitably invest in full fibre at low risk’ and clarified that ‘it is unlikely our proposals will lead to people in rural areas paying more than customers in towns and cities’.
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