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Internet Service Providers: Monopolies

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 292888, tabled on 1 October 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps her Department is taking to tackle Internet Service Provider monopolies.

Answered on

7 October 2019

This is a matter for Ofcom as the UK’s independent competition regulator for telecoms. However, in general, the UK has a competitive Internet Service Provider (ISP) market as a result of the work that Ofcom has done to promote competition at the retail level by providing regulated access to BT Openreach’s national broadband network.

The Government is also working with Ofcom to promote greater competition at a network level, as this is one of the key ways to meet our ambition for nationwide coverage of faster and more resilient gigabit broadband networks as soon as possible.