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Oh yes. It doesn't solve the problem; it shifts it. Once you say that there isn't a technical answer, there isn't an objective or mechanistic approach to these issues but inevitably there are judgments, so whoever makes the decision is going to be the subject of submissions, lobbying, all sorts of pressure, and therefore the question is: who is best capable of withstanding that pressure to reach a robust decision in the public interest?

I'm not suggesting either wouldn't, but it's abundantly clear that there are perception problems probably both ways, and it's a mistake to say: well, the answer is Ofcom or some other regulatory -- I'm not criticising Ofcom at all.

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