Ofcom has proposed regulatory changes to support Openreach’s trials in Salisbury and Mildenhall. These trials will test the processes for moving customers off older broadband and telephone services, as part of the company’s plans to upgrade its network.
Ofcom says that lessons learned from these trials will inform the approach to the future retirement of legacy services across the country. So, to help encourage early participation in these trials, Ofcom is proposing to allow Openreach to offer discounts for certain broadband services in these areas. This will exempt the trials from existing rules that require Openreach to provide services at the same price everywhere in the UK.
The consultation closes on 6 January. Subject to responses, Ofcom expects to publish its decision by the end of January. To access the consultation, click here.