The Government recently released a policy paper entitled ‘Fixing the foundations: creating a more prosperous nation’ outlining what they claim will deliver a world class digital infrastructure in every part of the UK for years to come.
The document outlines a series of Government aims including a proposal to extend permitted development rights to allow providers to deliver taller mobile masts that would assist in improving mobile coverage across the country.
The government has also re-launched a review of changes that could be implemented to the planning system which will see a reform to the ‘Electronics Communication Code’ which regulates the relationship between network operators and site providers/land owners.
The initial reform plans for the code in January 2015 were withdrawn due to criticism from both land owners and telecoms operators that the reform was being rushed through parliament.
The purpose of reforming the ‘Electronic Communications Code’ is to remove some of the barriers, red tape and delays with accessing, updating, maintaining and the construction of phone masts so the network providers can roll out their upgrades providing improved mobile coverage to the UK.
The Government are also looking at relaxing the planning of the fixed high-speed broadband infrastructure along with boosting investment to enhance its high speed roll out across the UK.
The reformed plans above combined with the Government binding agreement made with all the major networks in January 2015 to invest £5 Billion that will provide the UK with 95% coverage by 2017 outlines the importance of delivering a world class digital infrastructure in every part of the UK.
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