Ofcom Pushing BT to Reduce Costs

The cost of fixed telephone line rental will be cut if new proposals from Ofcom are adopted. The regulator wants BT to reduce wholesale line rental for residential customers from £8.74 to £8.39 a month and for business customers from £9.95 a month to £9.17. This equates to around an 8% reduction.

In August, BT, unilaterally, cut the residential WLR charge from £9.24 to £8.74 a month. Ofcom has now asked telecoms firms to submit responses to the proposed cuts by 12 December 2005.