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BT agrees to legally separate Openreach

BT has bowed to demands by the telecoms regulator Ofcom to legally separate Openreach, which runs the UK’s broadband infrastructure. Ofcom said that Openreach will become a distinct company with its own staff, management and strategy “to serve all of its customers equally”. It must consult with customers such as Sky and TalkTalk on major investments. Ofcom boss Sharon White told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that “we can now expect better service from Openreach”. The regulator had threatened to force BT to legally separate Openreach. However, Ofcom said on Friday that the company had agreed to all of the changes needed to address its competition concerns.