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Openreach Chair Mike McTighe has insisted he will push for BT for more investment in broadband upgrades.

Speaking to the Telegraph, Mr McTighe stated that not enough money has been put into the UK's broadband network in recent years.

As a result, he plans to push BT for more funds to enhance connectivity across the country.

"Should that have been done a few years ago?" Mr McTighe said.

"Of course, but we are where we are."

Mr McTighe's comments are significant as they represent a show of independence from BT, at a time when Openreach's relationship with the firm is under close scrutiny.

Ofcom recently ordered BT to legally separate from Openreach, so it is run as a distinct and legally separate company with its own board.

The watchdog believes this is necessary as BT has not done enough to ease its concerns over competition, particularly its belief that BT has the "incentive and ability to favour its own retail business when making strategic decisions about new network investments by Openreach".

As part of an effort to improve its governance, Sir Brendan Barber, the Chairman of Acas, and former board member of the National Grid Edward Astle have been appointed as independent members of a newly-formed board.

They will oversee strategy, investment and service delivery at the organisation.

Speaking after the appointment was announced, Mr McTighe insisted that Openreach is determined to strengthen its autonomy, governance and transparency to "facilitate the delivery of better outcomes for everyone who has a stake in our business".

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