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The lack of competition among broadband providers in Hull has prompted an MEP to write to the EU competition commissioner to urge her take action.

Diana Wallis, Liberal Democrat MEP for Yorkshire and Humber, has become so enervated with what she sees as the lack of competition that she has sent a letter to Nellie Kroes to lobby for action, the Independent reports.

Ms Wallis says she wrote the letter in a bid to ensure broadband users in Hull have the same standard of service, choice and competitive pricing she has seen elsewhere. She claims she has received a number of complaints about the existing service.

Hull is the only area of the UK which is not served by BT, but by KCOM, which is the only broadband supplier in the region.

Although companies are able to enter the Hull broadband market, it is thought that they have not so because of the prohibitive infrastructure investment that this would require. This is thought to be due in part to the type of copper used on the local network, which is different to that favoured by BT.

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