BT calls on Ofcom to review its USO

21 Mar 2005

BT Group is to submit a request to the regulator Ofcom, calling for a complete overhaul of its universal service obligation (USO). The incumbent’s move is in response to a consultation document published by the watchdog earlier this year which recommended only minor tinkering to the existing arrangements. According to Financial Times though, BT is believed to be keen to see far more wide-reaching changes, including a fundamental review of its costs in providing services and an ‘industry-wide funding structure’, alterations to the light user tariff, and the removal of thousands of unprofitable payphones.

United Kingdom, BT Group (incl. Openreach)