Kingston Communications, the telecomms operator in the Hull region singled out by UK watchdog Oftel yesterday for operating a near monopoly, claims it feels "persecuted".
It argues that any telco apart from BT - including cable companies - is free to operate in the region but all have failed to do so.
Yesterday Oftel claimed Hull has been isolated from the "new world of communications", and the "people and businesses of Hull need to be given the same opportunities and the same choice in telecomms services as they are in the rest of the UK".
By an accident of history, BT is prohibited from competing in Hull, but this should not prevent cable operators, and other telcos, such as Energis and Racal Telecom, from servicing the area.
A Kingston spokesperson said it already trailing "new world of communications" services such as video-on-demand, Internet access and home banking.
Kingston chief executive, Steve Maine, said: "Competitors have been able to build networks and offer services in the Hull area for seven years [since the BT/Mercury duopoly review]. The very fact that they haven't shows they haven't shows our packages of services offer outstanding value for money."
Maine also took issue with the prospect of BT being allowed to operate in Kingston if his company is still prevented from competing outside of Hull.
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