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Many broadband users are potentially at risk of losing their power due to some communications providers overloading their electrical equipment, BT has warned.

According to BT, the main risk comes from certain unbundled ISPs and Access Locate customers overloading their Points of Presence (PoP), which is not only against standard industry practice, but also increases the chances of electrical failure.

The practice is becoming increasingly common across the country, and needs tackling, according to Openreach, which noted that it is also against UK wiring regulations.

"Exceeding the permitted capacity not only puts the PoP, which is breaking the maximum supply, at risk, but also all other AC power users of the site including other CPs and BT’s network, through overloading the AC mains intake and fusing arrangement to the affected building," a statement from Openreach read.

Rather than naming and shaming the providers that are guilty of the practice, BT said it is instead issuing a general notice that should spur them into action.

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