Ofcom held a meeting yesterday for stakeholders to comment on and discuss their intial findings from their Digital Communications Review:
In their words, Ofcom are seeking:
“A choice of networks for consumers and businesses. Openreach must open up its network of telegraph poles and underground tunnels to allow rivals to build their own, advanced fibre networks, connected directly to homes and offices.
“Reform of Openreach. Openreach needs to change, taking its own decisions on budget, investment and strategy, in consultation with the wider industry.
“Better quality of service across the telecoms industry. Ofcom intends to introduce tougher rules on faults, repairs and installations; transparent information on service quality; and automatic compensation for consumers when things go wrong.
“Better broadband and mobile coverage. Ofcom will work with the Government to deliver a new universal right to fast, affordable broadband for every household and business in the UK. We also intend to place new obligations in future spectrum licences to improve rural mobile coverage
You can view slides from their presentation here: DCR Scotland stakeholder event May 2016
Scottish Rural Action will be seeking views on these measures from community groups in the near future.