A UK networking provider has slammed Ofcom's decision to allow KC to provide broadband bundles in the Hull area.
According to Fibrestream, the recent announcement raises "serious questions" as to whether the communications regulator is fit for purpose.
In a blog posting, the firm claimed that Ofcom is failing Hull customers "by allowing the incumbent KC to use its significant market presence to further entrench its position".
The decision will reduce any prospects of competition by tying subscribers into bundled deals, Fibrestream argued.
"If KC genuinely wanted to 'provide customers with better value' then simply cutting the charges for each service - lines, calls and broadband - would achieve that, without any requirement for long-term lock-in contracts," the firm said.
The Fibrestream spokesperson went on to claim that the Hull communications industry is not a free market, with the lack of internet service provider competition adding to consumer costs.