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The government has confirmed that the structural separation of BT and Openreach remains a possibility.

Ofcom recently ordered BT to give more independence and investment powers to Openreach, with the broadband subsidiary being run as a distinct and legally separate company with its own board.

However, it stopped short of calling for a full split from BT, arguing its proposals will provide Openreach with the greatest possible degree of independence without separating the companies entirely, and lead to decisions being taken for the good of its customers and the wider telecoms industry.

Speaking in a parliamentary debate on the Digital Economy Bill, Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said the government is currently looking carefully at Ofcom's recommendations.

Nevertheless, she said "nothing is off the table" and that the priority must be to "make sure we get it right".

"I have been clear that we will not stop or cease until we get the right result," Ms Bradley commented.

"If that means the structural separation of BT and Openreach, this government is prepared to consider that."

However, the possibility of this option being pursued has divided opinion among MPs.

For example, former Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey has questioned the wisdom of breaking up a "highly successful" British company in the wake of the vote to leave the EU.

"We need all the champions we can get," he said.

Ofcom has described its proposals as the "biggest shake-up of telecoms in a decade", with Chief Executive Sharon White adding they will "make sure the market is delivering the best possible services for people and business across the UK".

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