I have received an e-mail from Oftel.gov.uk, and once again I found a few discrepencies, so I am once again in negotiations for something too be done. Here is the reply I sent too them, certain names have been removed too protect the privacy of the said Individuals.
In a message dated 06/08/2002 20:55:00 GMT Daylight Time, writes:
Subj:Re: Oftel Ref CR/520909
Date:06/08/2002 20:55:00 GMT Daylight Time
To:witheld for confidentiality purposes
Thank you for your reply, after reading it there is an discrepency I would like too highlight with regards too what ISP’s you can register an interest in. There are three ISP’s which are not mentioned in this registration process as I have checked it, and this leaves me too possibly conclude that BT alone have chosen specific providers.
Where is www.Pipex.com, Freeuk.com and AOl.com?, two of them offer a very competative price of under just under Â£24, and one being a little on the steep side of Â£35
“As you may be aware BT has introduced a new ADSL order registration system that will enable consumers and service providers to register interest in receiving ADSL services. Where demand in an area is high enough to make it economically viable for BT to enable the local exchange, it will do so.”
I checked the current interest level for my area and it is now 24, it could possibly be 2003 before we have the level requirement of 400. I am not saying BT are deliberately holding back and quoting unrealistic figures for our area, or falsifying the figures too suit them. It could well be that the chosen providers are not suited too our area, hence the very slow uptake. I am positive if the three missing ones and more were added to this registration process, then the required 400 would take a matter of a weeks, not months or years. I will continue the fight against BT too upgrade our exchange, which covers a vast area. I would appreciate if you had a private discussion over this matter, because at the moment I feel something needs too be actioned or like I have said on a previous mail, it won’t happen.
In a message dated 06/08/2002 12:15:45 GMT Daylight Time, xxxxx email@example.com writes:
Subj:Oftel Ref CR/520909
Date:06/08/2002 12:15:45 GMT Daylight Time
From:witheld for confidentiality purposes
Sent from the Internet
Our Ref: CR/520909
Dear Mr Jones
Thank you for your recent email dated 5 August 2002.
The roll-out of ADSL was a commercial decision taken by BT and was not mandated by Oftel. Oftel’s role has been to ensure that BT complies with its legal obligations under the Competition Act 1998 and the terms of its Licence. For example, BT must offer its wholesale products to all service providers/operators on the same terms & conditions and must not unduly prefer its own service provider business.
ADSL is a relatively new technology and it requires considerable investment to enable an exchange so that it can offer ADSL services. Oftel does not, therefore, propose to require BT to roll-out ADSL to all exchanges or to include specific exchanges in its roll-out programme. Oftel will however continue to encourage BT to roll-out ADSL to as many exchanges as possible.
As you may be aware BT has introduced a new ADSL order registration system that will enable consumers and service providers to register interest in receiving ADSL services. Where demand in an area is high enough to make it economically viable for BT to enable the local exchange, it will do so. The registration system will cover all exchanges in the UK, though targets will only be published for the 900 exchanges that BT has reviewed the costs of enabling.
If demand levels for other exchanges are high enough, BT will review the cost of enabling those exchanges. BT has estimated that there are 900 exchanges being reviewed and the 1,115 that are currently enabled cover around 87% of UK homes and businesses.
Our role in monitoring BT’s ADSL roll-out is in contrast to our role in mandating local loop unbundling (LLU). LLU will enable operators to install their own equipment in BT’s local exchanges and to decide when, where and how to provide high bandwidth services. They will not have to rely on the wholesale ADSL products being offered by BT. Since September 2000, operators have been able to order co-location space in BT’s local exchanges. Trials began in January 2001 and the UK’s first unbundled loops are now operational.
You may also wish to be aware that cable operators (NTL and Telewest) are offering broadband Internet products and it is possible that it may be available in your area.
Further information on what broadband services are available can be found at: http://www.oftel.gov.uk/publications/internet/internet_brief/index.htm.
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