BT backs down from fiber fight

A regional UK broadband operator says it has struck a blow for the industry by getting BT to release crucial data about the cost of deploying local fiber networks.
Rutland Telecom said information regarding the number of addresses connected to BT’s street cabinets would now be available on a regional basis, helping to level the playing field for competitors in the UK fiber market.
A deal was only agreed after regulator Ofcom intervened in a year-long battle the community funded carrier revealed in a blog.
“The sustained pressure on Openreach from Rutland Telecom, much of it in the public domain...was in hindsight worthwhile,” it stated.
BT, which previously issued the information on a case-by-case basis claimed the switch was a response to feedback from the industry and said it would benefit smaller providers, the BBC reported

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