Ofcom has called for a faster rollout of super-fast broadband services across the UK.
The media regulator says high-speed services are now available to 46 per cent of UK households, but the rate of progress must improve.
In order to achieve wider coverage at a faster rate, Ofcom has called for BT's fibre lines to be opened up to rival broadband providers as soon as possible, allowing firms such as Sky and TalkTalk to provide their own services to consumers.
Secondly, it has proposed that BT offers other broadband providers access to its underground ducts and overhead telegraph poles.
This would allow ISPs to build their own fibre networks more cost-effectively, Ofcom claimed.
Ed Richards, Chief Executive of the regulator, said that super-fast broadband "is starting to be a reality in the UK, with very significant advances in recent months".
"Ofcom's proposed regulations provide a framework for continued investment, to deliver further roll-out, competition and innovation for consumers," he claimed.
Lord Errol recently told PC Pro that under new proposals, Ofcom could become responsible for handling consumer complaints over broadband services in the UK.