UK broadband wholesaler Bulldog Communications has blasted Oftel's conclusion that BT's recent broadband price cuts are not anti-competitive.
The telecoms watchdog announced this week that it had closed its recent investigation into the pricing of BT's IPstream and DataStream wholesale DSL products.
It said that the price cuts reflected "cost savings achieved by BT and are not anti-competitive".
David Edmonds, the regulator's director general, said: "Oftel has found that BT's price reductions reflect the significant cut in network and provision costs that BT has managed to achieve in order to bring wholesale broadband internet prices down.
"BT can pass these cost savings onto internet service providers [ISPs] which, in turn, can reduce their own retail prices for broadband internet access to consumers.
"Many ISPs have already announced their intention to cut their broadband prices but were concerned that Oftel would find these prices anti-competitive.
"Oftel's closure of its investigation means that they can now confirm these prices to their customers."
Bulldog explained that it "disagreed" with Oftel's decision and is obtaining independent legal advice on the matter.
Earlier this year the company branded BT's broadband price cuts as "predatory", arguing that they would damage competition and choice and ultimately kill off the other DSL players.
But despite seeking legal advice, Bulldog is not pursuing the matter for the time being.
In a statement issued today the company said: "Although Bulldog believes it has strong grounds on which to challenge Oftel's findings, Bulldog is not pursuing such a course of action at this time.
"We believe that it is only in a market with active infrastructure-based competition that consumers will be able to receive the full benefits of broadband in the medium and long term."
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