Terms of Reference
2 Where we are today
Connectivity for small businesses
Connectivity in the devolved Nations
A new Electronic Communications Code
3 Reaching the final five per cent
Support for local communities
Providing access to backhaul
Further public subsidy?
Towns and cities
4 A right to broadband
10Mbps: too much or not enough?
SMEs and connectivity
Design of a USO
Ownership of USO
Funding a USO
5 A fibre future
Access to ducts and poles
6 Openreach’s performance since 2005
Quality of service
Level of investment
7 A new broadband utility?
Incentive to invest in national infrastructure
8 An independent Openreach?
9 Future work
Conclusions and recommendations
Annex: Specialist Advisers’ advice to the Committee
Investment in superfast broadband: Regulation, competition and the cost of capital
II. The need for broadband investment
a. What sort of speed and capacity do people require?
b. What is the capability of current solutions?
c. Future developments for copper based services
d. Ultrafast broadband services
III. Regulatory treatment of investment
a. The RAB model
b. Applying RAB to the communications sector
c. New products and services
d. Introduction of competition
IV. The role of competition
a. Regulation for competition
b. Functional separation
c. Access to ducts and poles
d. Regulatory approaches to fibre
V. Openreach’s cost of capital and investment
a. Ofcom’s assessment of Openreach’s cost of capital
b. Openreach’s capital budgeting approach
c. How can Ofcom encourage Openreach to invest?
d. Financing of investment
e. Separation of Openreach and the cost of capital
Published written evidence
List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament
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