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Telecommunications: Infrastructure

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 711, tabled on 12 May 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the cost to the public purse of rent reductions received by public sector bodies as a result of changes to the Electronic Communications Code in 2017.

Answered on

21 May 2021

There has been no formal assessment of rent reductions received by public sector bodies since the 2017 reforms came into effect.

The purpose of the Electronic Communications Code is to support the fast and efficient deployment of digital networks, while providing adequate protection for individual property rights, and it is important to maintain that balance. The 2017 reforms to the Code were intended to make it cheaper and easier for digital networks to be installed, maintained and upgraded.

We believe that much progress has been made, and today, over two in five premises can access gigabit-capable networks. By the end of the year, 60% will have access, and by 2025 the Government is targeting a minimum of 85% gigabit-capable coverage, working with industry to reach as close to 100% as possible.