Following the Law Commission’s review of the Electronic Communications Code in 2013 the government have put forward proposals contained in amendments to the Infrastructure Bill to replace the existing Electronics Communications Code. The Code regulates the agreements that can be reached between landowners and telecommunications companies regarding the location, installation and access to infrastructure such as masts and underground cables. The amendments have been debated by MPs at the Committee Stage this week.
The Code is generally accepted to be an extremely poorly drafted piece of legislation and its reform is well overdue. The main concern is whether these proposals are being rushed through without sufficient industry consultation. Watch this space !
Of interest to those who have telecommunications masts on their property.