To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the March 2020 Budget, what plans the Government has to bring forward legislative proposals to ensure that new homes are built with gigabit-capable broadband.
22 October 2020
Ensuring that every new home is built with fast, reliable and resilient broadband is a priority for my Department. The Government announced in March 2020 that we will amend Building Regulations 2010 to require housing developers to:
Provide a gigabit-capable connection unless the cost exceeds £2,000, or the network operator declines to provide a connection;
Install the next fastest broadband connection which can be installed below a cost of £2,000, where a gigabit-capable connection cannot be installed below a cost of £2,000; and
Install the physical infrastructure necessary for gigabit-capable connections even where a gigabit-capable connection exceeds the cost cap.
We are working closely with stakeholders to develop the regulations and statutory guidance and will publish a technical consultation this winter, laying the amendments to the regulations in spring 2021.
The Government has also secured commitments from the CEOs of Openreach, Virgin and Gigaclear to work with housing developers to provide gigabit-capable connectivity to all new build developments across the UK, including contributing to the costs of connecting new homes.