DCMS consults on Gigabit proposals

Written by NTN staff

The UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has opened two consultations aimed at boosting the country’s gigabit connectivity and transitioning to next generation full fibre connections.

The first seeks feedback on proposals that would make it a requirement for developers and operators to provide gigabit-capable connections to all new homes. It comes on the back of targets to implement gigabit-capable networks available to 15 million premises by 2025, with nationwide coverage earmarked by 2033.

DCMS is proposing that developers and network operators should share the cost of connecting new build sites to gigabit-capable networks; that a ‘duty to connect’ provision upon network operators would be introduced; and that Building Regulations Approved Document Part R: (Physical infrastructure for high speed electronic communications networks) is to be amended, meaning so that all new build sites will be built with the necessary infrastructure in place to support gigabit-capable networks.

The second consultation has DCMS inviting opinions on proposals that would make it easier for commercial and residential tenants to access high quality and reliable broadband connections. It has proposed amending the Electronic Communications Code to place an obligation on landlords to facilitate the deployment of digital infrastructure when they receive a request from their tenants; and enabling communications providers to use magistrates’ courts to gain entry to properties where a landlord fails to respond to requests for improved or new digital infrastructure.

"The proposals set out in this consultation aim to deliver gigabit-capable connections to new
homeowners, reversing a trend of new build homes being associated with poor connections.
The policy will also enable wider deployment of fibre across the UK. I encourage you to
respond and help shape the UK’s digital future," said Margot James MP, Minister for Digital and Creative Industries.

Submissions are welcome until 21 December 2018.

these also come as the Chancellor’s budget yesterday announced £200 million to boost Gigabit capable fibre broadband (FTTP / FTTH) across the country, including rural locations.

According to government figures, 95% of households are able to receive superfast connections of 24Mbps+.