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The acrimonious war of words between Freeserve and Oftel is once again being played out in the FT as the two outfits show little sign of patching things up.

In a letter published in the pink paper today Freeserve's David Melville replies to an earlier letter from Oftel boss, David Edmonds concerning their recent spat in the Competition Appeal Tribunal.

Wrote Mr Melville: "Many will find it surprising that the director general of telecommunications is not embarrassed by the fact that his original decision to reject our complaint on pricing was quashed by the Competition Appeal Tribunal, which described his approach as insufficient and unclear, even taking into account the ample opportunity given to him to elaborate his position.

He went on: "The industry will share Freeserve's hope that in his enthusiasm to claim 'victory', Oftel will not lack either the appetite or resources to investigate the pricing issue properly, with an open mind, and in accordance with the three-month time limit the court has demanded."
Ouch. ®

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