Sky, TalkTalk and Vodafone have continued their public spat with BT about the effectiveness of Openreach.

The three companies, who all use Openreach’s network, launched a campaign called Fix Britain’s Internet last month.

The campaign purports to give Britain’s internet users a “voice on the future of UK broadband”, amid what Sky, TalkTalk and Vodafone claimed was “excess profits, chronic under-investment, poor service levels, and patchy coverage” at Openreach.

It was launched a day after the UK regulator published proposals to make Openreach a legally separate company within BT.

Ofcom is collecting feedback on its proposals until the beginning of October.

Sky, TalkTalk and Vodafone continue to lead calls for BT and Openreach to be split into two entirely separate companies.

Earlier this week, The Financial Times revealed that BT Chief Executive Gavin Patterson had written to the CEOs of Sky, TalkTalk and Vodafone to complain that the Fix Britain’s Internet campaign was misleading, and to ask them to re-examine some of their claims.

BT declined to share the full contents of the letter when contacted by European Communications but it is understood to have argued some of its data is out-of-date.

Stephen van Rooyen, Dido Harding and Jeroen Hoencamp, the heads of SKY, TalkTalk and Vodafone, responded with their own letter on Tuesday, which they have made public.

In it, they clarify claims that 48 percent of rural premises receive at most 10Mbps on standard copper and that BT is spending billions on buying the rights for televised football rather than investing in Britain’s broadband infrastructure.

The letter cited a range of data sources to back up the claims.

On the argument over BT’s decision to upgrade its copper network rather than deploying FTTH nationwide, the trio said: “Although BT believes G.fast is fit for the future, as your customers, we simply do not.”

[Read more: Openreach CEO wants to go ultrafast, but says copper is still key]

The letter goes on to claim that the £1.4 billion investment Openreach has committed to for this fiscal year “has only occurred in the wake of potential regulatory intervention, close political scrutiny and significant negative media coverage”.

BT said it would not be responding to the letter.

However, it did confirm that it would be launching its own advertising campaign to counter some of the claims.

 

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