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Have your say on the future of Openreach

A coalition of broadband providers – Sky, TalkTalk, Vodafone and the Federation of Communication Services (FCS) – have launched the “Fix Britain’s Internet” campaign to take a stand on the future of UK connectivity.

The campaign aims to alert UK organisations – including charities – about how they can contribute to Ofcom’s ten-week Openreach consultation.

Visitors to the Fix Britain’s Internet website can use an embedded form to email their local MP and Ofcom about how they think BT’s infrastructure arm should be run in future.

“Millions of homes and businesses don’t have the fast, reliable internet they need,” the Fix Britain’s Internet website states. “We think everyone deserves better broadband.

“This summer, for the first time, you have the power to make a difference. Ofcom, the industry regulator, has launched a public consultation on what changes are needed and they want to know what you think.

“If you think your family or business deserves better internet, email Ofcom and have your say. This is a once-in-a-decade chance to make your voice heard.”

The nationwide campaign has been launched in the wake of Ofcom’s much publicised consultation launch into the future of the national broadband network, Openreach, The providers involved in the campaign all rely on the Openreach network to provide broadband services to UK homes and business, but claim it is stopping them from meeting their customers’ connectivity expectations.

“Ofcom’s proposals simply don’t go far enough, and we know many people up and down the country feel the same way,” said TalkTalk CEO Dido Harding. “This is a once-in-a-decade opportunity for them to tell the regulator directly that they don’t want a half-way house for another decade – they want truly radical change now.

“For too long, UK businesses have been let down by the nation’s broadband infrastructure, receiving poor speeds and even poorer service. How is the UK economy supposed to grow and compete with the rest of the world with one hand tied behind its back by failing broadband?”

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