Ofcom CEO Ed Richards said:
Next Generation Access offers tremendous new opportunities for UK business and consumers, and its potential impact on the economy is very significant.
He added: “Investment in Next Generation Access will represent a substantial commercial risk and the market should decide where and when it will be made. We want to ensure there are no barriers to investment and provide a clear regulatory environment which will help encourage investment.
“But we also want to ensure that the benefits of competition which consumers have enjoyed with current generation broadband can also be achieved as we move to higher speed next generation access.