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    Openreach must be separated from BT to fix Britain's lagging internet

    This is a discussion on Openreach must be separated from BT to fix Britain's lagging internet within the General Computing and Internet forums, part of the Community channel category; Openreach must be separated from BT to fix Britains lagging internet And there are excellent reasons to be optimistic about ...

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      Openreach must be separated from BT to fix Britain's lagging internet

      Openreach must be separated from BT to fix Britains lagging internet
      And there are excellent reasons to be optimistic about the prospects of an independent Openreach for both BT shareholders and Openreach’s customers.

      As so often is the case when dissimilar businesses demerge, analysts believe that separation would create value for BT shareholders, with each business able to focus more and attract shareholders aligned to its particular blend of investment and returns.

      In response to this logical conclusion reached by so many, BT has made a number of desperate claims as it attempts to retain Openreach and its profits within BT Group – from the cost of separation to its pension scheme.

      While Ofcom can be forgiven for wishing they could duck the migraine-inducing topic of BT’s pension deficit, the reality is there are a multitude of City advisers experienced in providing tried and tested solutions to just such challenges.

      And perhaps shares in Openreach as a pure play fibre provider might be the long-term investment asset that the BT pension trustees are looking for to plug their liabilities.

      We need to see BT’s tired arguments for the stalling tactics that they are, and call time on this debate. The truth is that a motivated company finds solutions. A company that is not finds roadblocks. The Government is supportive of Ofcom taking bolder steps, “however radical a change that might be”. It understands all too well that the need for action is acute.

      A survey published by ComRes last week revealed that half of British adults think upgrading Britain’s national broadband network should be the Government’s single highest infrastructure priority, well ahead of a new runway for an airport in the South East of England, HS2 or Hinkley Point. Meanwhile 100,000 consumers have already contacted Ofcom to demand it takes whatever steps are necessary to fix Britain’s internet.

      The reality Ofcom must now confront is that for Britain it is a matter of when, and not if, Openreach becomes a truly independent business. If Ofcom won’t take action, the Government itself must consider what needs to be done so that we can move forward with the crucial task of building the digital infrastructure that our nation needs.

      Andrew Griffith is the chief operating officer and CFO of Sky


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      Re: Openreach must be separated from BT to fix Britain's lagging internet

      Seems like a good idea but the same type of scheme is not working so well for the Railways.

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      Re: Openreach must be separated from BT to fix Britain's lagging internet

      Too many chiefs and not enough indians. It also doesn't help when BT's business rates have been almost quadrupled by the latest re-valuation.

     

     

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