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BT has come under fire from a rival broadband provider over the approach taken for its ongoing fibre broadband rollout.

TalkTalk has accused the telecoms giant of attempting to re-establish the monopoly held by the organisation prior to privatisation in 1984.

David Goldie, Commercial Director at the TalkTalk Group, warned that BT's £2.5 billion fibre rollout will leave the UK with a second-class broadband infrastructure.

He suggested that, in many ways, competition is being stifled - and the result of this will be that large areas of the UK are only served by BT itself.

"At all times BT is thinking about how it can recover the monopoly position that it lost many years ago," Mr Goldie told the Guardian.

"I don't think that is going to represent good value for the British taxpayer."

Virgin Media is also rolling out fibre broadband in some parts of the UK, but currently only a quarter of British households fall within the vicinity of the firm's super-fast network.

TalkTalk believes that Fujitsu's proposed rural broadband scheme would provide more effective competition for BT, and is supporting this scheme.

However, the success of this initiative is partially dependent upon BT agreeing to slash the prices it charges wholesale customers to use its underground ducts and telegraph poles.

Mr Goldie suggested it is "not in BT's best interests" to facilitate stronger competition, meaning Ofcom intervention may be required.

But in response, Olivia Garfield, Chief Executive of BT Openreach, said BT has provided reciprocal wholesale access to its fibre network "from the outset".

"This allows other operators to piggyback off our investment, while encouraging competition and the take-up of fibre services to thrive," she stated.

"We've also volunteered to provide additional forms of wholesale access via our ducts and poles. We expect to announce revised pricing for such access shortly."

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