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Oftel's been told to pull its finger out and quickly resolve the disputes currently dogging the roll-out of ADSL in Britain.

The Department of Trade and Industry Select Committee looking into Local Loop Unbundling said that it is "important that BT is not awarded a de facto competitive advantage".

In a critical report published earlier this week it urged the winged watchdog to come up with a "quick resolution of the complaint against BT over ADSL".

The complaint, lodged by telco, Thus, alleged that BT was cross subsidising the cost of ADSL giving it competitive advantage.

Thus told the committee that BT has the largest potential market share and the fastest roll-out of service "because the industry cannot offer an economic service because BT is currently offering a product which, we would argue, is less than cost".

However, a spokeswoman for Oftel said that the matter had all but been resolved and that no evidence of cross subsidy had been found.

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