Statement: Compensating providers delivering universal services

  • Start: 05 November 2019
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 07 January 2020

Statement published 22 May 2020

We have made our decision on the funding regulations on compensating providers for universal services.

A ‘universal service obligation’ (USO) guaranteeing a decent level of home phone services has been in place since 2003. In March 2018 the Government introduced legislation for a broadband USO, to give homes and businesses the right to request a decent and affordable broadband connection. We welcome this, as an important building block to improving access to broadband services across the UK.

It now falls to Ofcom to implement the broadband USO. In June 2019, we appointed BT and KCOM to deliver broadband USO connections and services, and we set the conditions that will apply to them. Consumer have had the ability to request the USO from BT or KCOM since 20 March 2020.

As the ‘Universal Service Providers’, BT and KCOM are entitled to be compensated for any costs that it would not be appropriate for them to cover. In this document, we set out the rules and procedures these providers should follow to make a claim for any unfair costs involved in providing a universal service. These procedures will apply to the broadband USO, but also to any other universal service obligations.

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Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland (PDF File, 118.1 KB) Organisation
Broadway Partners (PDF File, 181.2 KB) Organisation
BT (PDF File, 362.0 KB) Organisation
BT (annex 1) (PDF File, 199.5 KB) Organisation
BT (annex 2) (MS Excel Document, 147.3 KB) Organisation
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