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The British Infrastructure Group (BIG) is to publish a major report on the state of the UK's broadband network on Saturday (July 29th).

The organisation published its first Broadbad 1.0 report in January 2016 and criticised the poor consistency of broadband services across the UK.

BT was heavily criticised, with the BIG saying it was "stifling competition" and responsible for "systemic underinvestment" in broadband.

As a result, it called for a full separation of BT and its infrastructure subsidiary.

BT has since agreed to Ofcom's demand for Openreach to become a distinct and legally separate company.

The Broadbad 2.0 will therefore provide the BIG with an opportunity to air its views on how this being achieved and what it wants to see the reformed Openreach deliver.

Ofcom had sought changes to Openreach's governance as it was concerned BT still had control over its decisions, while other telecoms firms were not adequately consulted on investment plans that would affect them.

The BIG can also be expected to express its views on Openreach's commitment to delivering a large-scale full-fibre network.

The infrastructure body is currently consulting with communications providers to identify the level of demand for a major full-fibre deployment.

However, Openreach believes a large-scale rollout can only take place if there is greater industry and political collaboration.

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