According to The Register BT has convinced regulators in the UK that it should be allowed to charge rivals any amount that it wants for access to the fibre network that it is currently readying. Ofcom says that BT will have to provide access to the network to rivals, but pricing controls will be removed.
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That means that BT will be able to simply price the network out of the reach of competitors and keep them from using it. Ofcom does say that BT must be treated without favor.
The network is reportedly costing BT in the area of £1.5bn by 2012. The speeds will be up to 100Mbit/s when the network is complete; finally making those fast wireless routers make some sense.
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Via The Register