Re: BT scum
BT have no control over OFCOM, the boot is on the other foot. I used to work in network & switch configuration ( datamanagement in BT speak ) and the problems we had with the then new Other Licensed Operators ( OLO's ) was terrible. One old example. I provided a new digital route to the then Mercury. This included C7 signalling & multiple 2mb 30 channel systems. It was enlarged, using precious scarce hardeware on this large BT trunk switch. All this sat there for several years and was never used. It was eventually recovered.
In a similar vein an OLO asked for us to cease some 2mb systems. These carried the C7 signaling links. We refused, and told them why! They got OFTEL to order us to do it. We did, they screamed, we told them so, still they screamed until OFTEL ordered us to restore it.
Whatever an OLO wanted, however stupid it was, they got it! We could do nothing right, they could do nothing wrong. What a palaver.