Over 100,000 people join Fix Britain’s Internet campaign

Over 100,000 people join Fix Britain’s Internet campaign

Ten weeks ago, Ofcom opened their public consultation on the future of BT and Openreach. As a result, we joined forces with Sky, Vodafone, Three and the Federation of Communications Services and started a nationwide campaign to encourage British businesses to email Ofcom and have their say on the future of Britain’s internet.

From listening to our Partner community, we knew that this was an issue that you felt passionately about. You’re fed up with poor connectivity, missed Openreach appointments, and a lack of investment in Britain’s aging network infrastructure.  Even so, we have been overwhelmed by the response; the consultation closed on 4th October, and over 100,000 people have formally responded, making this one of the single largest public responses to Ofcom on any issue. Farmers, small business owners, gamers and rural communities all made it abundantly clear how slow and unreliable internet is having a detrimental impact on their daily lives.

It is incredibly important that the regulator hears from people directly affected by the issues, and we’re grateful to you and your customers for taking the time to respond and join the campaign.

Ofcom is now in the process of reviewing the consultation responses. Given the overwhelming public sentiment, we hope they will make the brave decision to separate BT from Openreach. We remain firm in our belief that we can only start to address these problems head-on when Openreach is free to make its own investment decision. It has been a privilege to hear your stories, and we can assure you we will keep fighting for the UK’s digital future.