Openreach was spun off from its parent BT in 2005 during Ofcom’s last review of the digital communications market.

Now, ten years later, the future of BT’s infrastructure division is again up in the air as Ofcom mulls a split as one of four options, the others being strengthening the current model by applying new rules to BT, retaining the current model and deregulating and promoting competition between networks.

Public opinion seems to be overwhelmingly in favour of splitting the division. A poll on thinkbroadband.com, the broadband information site, saw 69.1 percent voting in favour of the split.

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