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Telecoms regulator Ofcom has given BT a chance to respond to allegations to that its residential broadband pricing breaks the Competition Act.

Ofcom has sent the telco a "Statement of Objections" outlining the facts of the case, what it objects to, and the actions it wants taken. BT has time to make "written or oral representations" before the regulator makes a final decision. BT has eight weeks to respond to the complaint.

The investigation was started after complaints from Freeserve (now Wanadoo) in May 2002. The original complaint was rejected.

BT said in a statement: "This is a long running case that has already been going on for over two years and in which BT has already been cleared twice. We remain confident of our position. The case involves complex legal issues which will take time to resolve and we will continue to work with Ofcom over the coming months to bring this matter to an equitable conclusion."

In a statement Wanadoo said: "We were confident in this case and have no further comment to make." ®

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