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BT has been found not guilty of anti-competitive behaviour following its introduction of bundled voice and Net products at the end of last year.

In November Oftel initiated the launch of its own investigation under the Competition Act into the BT Surf Together and BT Talk & Surf Together tariffs among fears that BT was abusing its market dominance.

However, after six months of weighing up both sides of the evidence the winged watchdog has finally decided that there is no evidence of any wrongdoing and has officially closed the investigation.

David "Harry Potter" Edmonds, head boy and chief wizard of Oftel said: "After considering information submitted by BT, licensed operators and Internet service providers, Oftel has concluded that at the current prices the two packages do not have a material anti-competitive effect in Internet access markets."

When the investigation was launched BT claimed it was "bemused" by the very thought that it could be anti-competitive but were confident that they would be cleared. ®

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