BT resorts to broadband blackmail: Boss claims villages won’t get super fast cables if company is split up
BT has been accused of holding the digital future of Britain ‘to ransom’ by threatening not to invest in broadband if it is forced to split off its Openreach division.
Chief executive Gavin Patterson said the case for further investment only stacked up if Openreach was kept within the wider group.
BT has faced calls for a split following complaints from rivals Sky, TalkTalk and Vodafone over an alleged conflict of interest.
BT is responsible for Openreach – the UK’s network of broadband cables, which it charges competitors to use – as well as offering phone, internet and TV services.
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