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Continued regulatory changes in the communications sector are making it difficult for broadband providers to up their investment, BT has warned.

Sean Williams, BT's Strategy Director, told the House of Lords Select Committee that in order to deliver wider fibre broadband coverage, the firm needs greater certainty from Ofcom.

By tinkering with rules and price controls, the regulator risks dissuading private sector operators from developing more ambitious rollout plans, he warned.

"It's very difficult for us to make a long-term investment if the regulatory regime changes every three years," Mr Williams stated.

"If there’s one thing I could ask it’s not to regulate the price over an extended period of time so that there is a balance of risk."

However, BT's rivals are unlikely to agree with these latest comments from the broadband provider.

Virgin Media - which runs a rival cable and fibre broadband network - recently accused the government of effectively subsidising BT and making it difficult for other firms to compete with the incumbent service provider.

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