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Thus has declined to comment on reports that it is on the verge of launching legal action in a bid to see tighter regulation of BT.

According to the Sunday Telegraph, the telco wants Oftel to investigate BT's pricing for broadband because it believes it has been acting anti-competitively.

If the action - which could be kicked off this week - proved successful it would open the door for Thus to sue BT for lost revenues.

Almost two weeks ago The Register reported that Thus - and other leading Internet operators - was considering seeking a judicial review to examine what it describes as BT's alleged abuse of its dominant market position for broadband.

At the time there was some debate as to the exact nature of the challenge but it's understood that it would focus on allegations of unfair competition concerning BT's provision of broadband services.

Thus - along with other operators including Freeserve and Tiscali - have been talking for some time about ways to combat what they regard as BT's dominant position.

They believe that telecoms regulator Oftel has gone soft on BT, allowing it to exploit its dominant position. ®

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