Communications watchdog Ofcom has announced its plans for the future of Britain's super-fast broadband network.

A statement read that the decisions made were, "designed to promote competition and investment in super-fast broadband services across the UK" and that, "competition and investment in super-fast broadband can be delivered in both urban and rural areas".

The two principal interventions noted were:

1 - Providing competing services over BT’s fibre lines; which means that BT's competitors will "have access to a dedicated virtual link over new fibre lines laid by BT", with BT setting the price in line with anti-competitive measures.

2 - Giving access to underground ducts and telegraph poles; this means BT offering rivals access to its infrastructure in order to provide super-fast broadband to rural areas. BT will also be required to continue providing local loop unbundled services (LLU) to its competitors as well.

Ofcom’s chief executive, Ed Richards said: "The development of the UK’s super-fast broadband future is well underway with the roll-out of services in large parts of the country. Today Ofcom has finalised a clear regulatory framework to promote investment, competition and innovation to enable as many consumers as possible to benefit from these exciting new services".

You can read the full statement on Ofcom's website, which also includes a full glossary of the technical terms.

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