The MakeTheAirFair petition, backed by Three, TalkTalk, CityFibre, Federation of Communication Services, Gamma and Relish, has reached 100,000 signatures from the public.
Three’s campaign is aimed at pressuring Ofcom into capping BT’s airwave share at 30%, in order to safeguard future competition in the UK’s mobile market.
It’s now been announced that the campaign has reached 100,000 signups through members of the public accessing the campaign's website www.maketheairfair.org.
The campaign portrays Ofcom’s CEO Sharon White as a superhero-style Consumer Champion, and calls on her to ensure lower prices, better speeds and a more competitive industry to benefit all UK customers. By no coincidence, Three wants to get a share of the 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz spectrum in the forthcoming auctions.
Three’s announcement points out that the recent National Infrastructure Commission report ranked Great Britain as 54th in the world in terms of 4G coverage, and says ‘the current imbalance of spectrum ownership only serves to worsen the issues that millions of consumers face on a daily basis’.
Dave Dyson, CEO of Three UK, said: ‘The fact that so many members of the public have joined the MakeTheAirFair campaign and responded to Ofcom’s consultation shows that consumers are concerned about the massive imbalance in ownership of the nation’s airwaves. Our research, conducted in partnership with YouGov, has shown that over 60% of UK consumers fear that reduced competition between service providers will lead to increased prices. Ofcom needs to act on these concerns.’
‘UK mobile customers face higher prices, slower speeds and worse coverage in future. Ofcom has the power to change this and we want Sharon White to act decisively and put customers first.’