BT has always and will continue to support the concept of universal service. We have a number of detailed comments we wish to make on the content of some of the proposed conditions. These range from suggestions for clearer wording and requests for clarification through to outright concern over the practicality of Oftel's proposals or, in some cases, their consistency with the Directives.
Article 7.2 of the Framework Directive requires that national regulatory authorities shall co-operate with each other and with the Commission in a transparent manner to ensure consistent application of the Directives. In view of this, we believe it is essential that Oftel monitors the development of specific conditions applying to USO designated operators across the EU to ensure that the UK is not over regulated relative to elsewhere.
BT welcomes comments on this submission which should be sent by e-mail to:
Tele no: 020 7492 4600
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