British Telecom

BT faces state aid investigation

The European Commission has started a formal inquiry into claims that BT has received illegal tax breaks in the UK worth billions of pounds.

The investigation, focusing on the way business rates are levied, follows a complaint from a rival telecoms firm.

Vtesse says BT and Hull-based Kingston Communications have had an unfair advantage over other companies in the sector since 2000

BT increases call charges

BT customers will have to pay more for early morning calls from 16 February.

About three million BT customers could see their bills rise as it shifts the start of its more costly daytime call rate from 8am to 6am.

Customers on BT’s Together Option 1 package will see the cost of landline calls made between 6am to 8am rise from 5