Ofcom has published a consultation seeking views on BT's request for an extension to an existing, but time limited, exemption from its undertakings. In September 2005, BT and Ofcom agreed to a set of undertakings pursuant to section 154 of the Enterprise Act 2002. The undertakings included mechanisms to allow BT and Ofcom to agree exemptions from them. BT's request relates to the connection of the Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer (DSLAM), which provides broadband services, directly to a main distribution frame rather than via an intermediate handover distribution frame.

BT has requested to make permanent part of an exemption which relates to LLU Associated Services. This allows BT to expand legacy DSLAMs without the need to use Equivalence of Input (EOI) processes until 31 December 2011. BT has requested that the exemption be made permanent to allow it to continue with these arrangements until such time as its Next Generation Network is deployed.

Ofcom are proposing to agree to BT's request and make the existing exemption permanent.

Further information can be found at: http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/consultations/dslams/