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Consumers could get access to cheaper broadband if BT goes ahead with plans to open up its network for rival broadband providers, it has been claimed.

Steve Weller, the Communications Expert at uSwitch.com, stated the move would mean providers would not have to dig up roads themselves, meaning any savings may be passed onto broadband users.

He added that the increase in competition created by the move may also provide benefits to consumers.

"This is a savvy play by BT, ahead of a new government potentially forcing the issue. Should the Conservatives win the election, they have pledged to introduce legislation to force BT to open up its channels," he explained.

"But, whatever the motives, this move takes us one step closer to making high-speed broadband an affordable reality for consumers."

Be Broadband recently welcomed BT's proposals, saying it would allow companies to "better assess the case for fibre deployment".

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