Telecoms leases: time for an upgrade?

The Law Commission has published a report recommending a new electronic communications code. The report was commissioned by the government and follows a consultation carried out by the Law Commission last year. The report highlights that current legislation is creating difficulties in the roll-out of superfast broadband and 4G mobile networks.

The code regulates agreements made between landowners and telecoms operators licensed by Ofcom for the siting of apparatus such as landline cables and mobile phone masts. The code gives operators a statutory security of tenure and, while in most cases apparatus is installed by agreement with the landowner, in some cases the code gives operators the right to install apparatus without consent…

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