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Ofcom has proposed changes to wholesale broadband and telephone charges, which could result in lower prices for UK consumers.

The media regulator is looking to introduce revised 'charge controls' on some Openreach products - which could give UK broadband providers delivering services over BT's network the opportunity to pass savings on to their customers.

Ofcom's proposal considers fully unbundled and shared unbundled lines, alongside wholesale line rental, and is designed to incentivise network investment and healthy market competition.

Marie-Louise Abretti, broadband expert at, said any measures that encourage stiffer competition in the market are "most welcome", as they should make copper broadband and landline services more affordable.

"Although the potential savings are fairly minimal - at most £7 per customer per year - every little helps when households are feeling the pinch, especially when it comes to cutting the cost of such a household essential," she noted.

“In spring 2014 when a final decision is made, it will be up to providers to ensure financial savings are passed on to consumers. We need to ensure this happens."

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