Vaizey sings BT’s praises
BT is a great British company doing a great job for Britain. We know this because communications minister Ed Vaizey said so in parliament.
He was answering a question from one of his predecessors, Stephen Timms. Timms wanted to know why the entire rural superfast broadband fund is being handed to one company—to BT. “BT is now behaving like any monopolist that has everyone over a barrel, and we have heard about the consequences from all sides this morning. Why has competition been forgotten?” he said.
Vaizey replied, “It just so happens that BT has won the contracts, and I reject the suggestion that it is behaving like a monopolist. We are getting value for money for our contracts, and BT is a great British company doing a great job for Britain.”
He complimented Timms “who did so much to promote competition. As a result of that, BT has just a 30% share of the broadband market, and the market share of the historic incumbent in the copper broadband market is one of the lowest in the world. That is a testament to the right hon Gentleman’s great work, but we are carrying it on. We made sure that our process for rural broadband was competitive.”
As Francis Urquhart might say, “You may think that; I couldn’t possibly comment.”