Welcome to Bratby Law

Welcome to Bratby Law. We are an English law boutique practice specialising in telecoms, digital and data. We open today, 1 July 2020, and after 26 years working in traditional law firms, telecom companies and a regulator, I am now working for myself. I am in equal parts excited and terrified. But maybe that is … Read more

Ofcom to review and update General Conditions of Entitlement affecting all communications providers operating in the UK

If you read past the Openreach headlines in Ofcom’s Digital Communications Market review, you can find four paragraphs in chapter eight announcing a review of the UK’s General Conditions of Entitlement, which will affect anyone operating a telecoms network or providing telecoms services in the UK  Since individual licences were (largely) abolished in the UK in 2003, providers of electronic communications networks or services have operated subject to the General Conditions of Entitlement (aka General Conditions or GCs).

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Reforming Openreach’s governance: Ofcom’s proposals

In my last post, I summarised Ofcom’s initial conclusions from its review of the UK digital communications market. One of Ofcom’s conclusions was that the functional separation of BT’s Openreach division (which provides last mile access)  from the rest of BT, and the associated regulation of the relationship between BT and Openreach (implemented by binding undertakings) was … Read more