MaynardKrebsHeave Steve, for the good of the countryPremium
An argument for transparent fibre access/prices in Canada
Admittedly this is a UK situation, but the parallel exists here in Canada as well.
She said that the fibre market was not as "vibrantly competitive as copper," adding:
"We should start to worry about that."
When quizzed by El Reg about those concerns, Harding said:
I'm not in any way - to be clear - criticising the regime as of today, but I think looking forward - whether it's in three years', five years' or 10 years' time - a large proportion of the country will take their phone broadband as a superfast product, and I don't think that we should live in a world where that is an unregulated product provided by the admittedly very talented and lovely monopolist [BT's Openreach boss Liv Garfield sitting] on my right.
And so I think the time is now right to start looking at exactly what that regulatory framework should be to make sure that it is very clear that both parties are getting a fair price.
Harding added that she had no idea whether TalkTalk was paying a good price for superfast broadband from BT.
"I simply don't know, but there's also no alternative," she said. "Over time, as we consume more of it, I should know and so should Ofcom."