At the heart of every business is the technology that backs it up, and not enough are able to access the fast and reliable broadband internet connection that is necessary. Real Business Broadband is a nationwide campaign shining a light on the uneven distribution of superfast services. It brings together the small and medium-sized businesses currently being underserved and the telecoms companies charged with making services fit for purpose. The campaign will not rest until every British business is able to access the connection it needs – and deserves.
Is BT a service provider, or an infrastructure owner? Failure to properly deal with this question during its privatisation in 1984 has been a source of numerous allegations by rivals about margin squeeze and unfair cross subsidisation, particularly over unbundling the local loop. True and effective competition within the UK telecoms market is not possible without a network in third party ownership.