What we stand for

FCS BROADBAND POSITION

  • FCS opposes the creation of any de-facto monopoly in fibre infrastructure. 
  • FCS believes the only value in the unambitious 10Mbps Universal Service Obligation is to create new competitive market models, based on affordable and guaranteed wholesale access to backhaul. 
  • Broadband is only part of an integrated and converging communications market.  A resilient and sustainable future must be based on infrastructure-as-utility:  fibre, copper, radio and mobile infrastructure, cabinets and mast sites must be operated by organisations which have no commercial link to the retail/ resale businesses which use the capacity they provide.
  • Britain’s long-term broadband needs will be best served by a ‘fat pipe’ approach to fibre infrastructure:  the cost of way-leaves and civil engineering when laying fibre cables is an order of magnitude greater than the cost of the fibre itself.  If the work to date had been undertaken by a pure utility operator, that organization would already have made the calculation that its long-term interests would be best served by installing significantly more fibre on day-one than is warranted by current demand, in anticipation of the growing needs of tomorrow
  • Technology mandates by the government hamstring innovation and increase consumer costs.  All developments should be driven on a technology-agnostic best-value basis.
  • Competition should be encouraged, infrastructure protected and cost-of-entry to the market reduced by encouraging structural separation between infrastructure and resale operations in all technologies.