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UK goes down Universal Service Obligation route for broadband

The Universal Service burden that the UK government has placed on broadband from British Telecom this week, is effectively the political opposite of the US, which has cancelled its shift to Title II. But conditions in the UK are very different from the US, and it is a market where local loop unbundling was popular and had a good run, but this is changing as faster broadband speeds are being taken up BT OpenReach, which gives access to telephone wires, ducts, cabinets and exchanges, which is now maintaining most crosstalk cancellation for vectoring. Vectoring doesn’t work unless all lines in an exchange are connected to the same server for crosstalk cancellation. In future much of the broadband access from BT’s…

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