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Cable.co.uk comments on broadband switching rules coming into force tomorrow

  • Ofcom have announced their plans to make it easier for consumers to switch mobile phone providers
  • New proposals suggest consumers will be able to take advantage of competition of mobile phone deals available.

19 July 2015: Ofcom will introduce a new process for consumers switching broadband providers from tomorrow.

Previously, broadband customers required a Migration Authorisation Code (MAC) from their current supplier to allow them to switch to a new provider. Ofcom is now removing MACs and customers will instead only need to correspond with their new provider who will manage the switch for them.

The new rules apply to customers switching between companies that use Openreach's network, such as BT, Sky, Plusnet and TalkTalk.

Commenting on the announcement, telecoms expert and Cable.co.uk editor-in-chief Dan Howdle said:

"The high-profile fights between customers and call centre retentions staff that have dogged the news recently have stoked the notion that switching broadband provider is more trouble than it's worth. And yet, the ability to move easily from one provider to another is fundamental to a healthy marketplace.

"The new rules mean that (in most cases) you will no longer have to call your existing broadband and/or home phone provider in order to switch. You won't have to deal with a person whose job it is to mix fear-mongering, offers you can't refuse, and flat-out stubbornness in order to get you to stay. And that's a good thing.

"The way things were was unethical in precisely the same way it would be unethical to force drivers to negotiate their escape from a car park with a person whose sole reason to exist is to deter them from doing so.

"Switching providers should be easy, and now it is. It's a good day for broadband customers across the UK."

Other Materials

Dan wrote an article for Huffington Post back in March which more fully discusses the ethics of the switching rules as they formerly were:http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/dan-howdle/broadband-and-mobile-providers_b_6932892.html

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Dan Howdle has been plugged into the attitudes of UK broadband, TV and mobile customers for over two decades. Having spent 12 years at the coalface of consumer telecoms research, initiating and running projects both nationally and internationally on behalf of the biggest players in the industry. Dan is now Director of Communications and in-house consumer telecoms expert for Cable.co.uk.

An experienced broadcaster, commentator and writer who frequently appears on BBC TV and radio, ITV, Sky and in the national papers and their websites, Dan leads a team of journalists and communications folk who spend their days researching and reporting on problems faced by UK broadband, TV and mobile customers both on an individual and macro level.

Dan campaigns on many issues currently facing consumers of broadband, TV and mobile products in the UK. These include, but are not limited to: Rural broadband provision; mobile coverage; broadband, TV and mobile customer contract issues; broadband and mobile broadband speeds; switching and money-saving; infrastructural challenges; pricing, changes and structures; shifts in technology and the marketplace; telecoms regulation, policy and law; fines, adjudications and policy changes; mergers and closures of UK providers; annual financials and more.

Dan has advised Ofcom on issues surrounding service quality. He also administers and adjudicates the yearly Broadband Service Quality Awards and sits on the panel of judges for the Internet Service Providers Association annual awards.

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