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Action 47 in United Kingdom flag United Kingdom

Member States to facilitate broadband investment

Indicator Status Evidence
Have any measures to streamline planning or administrative procedures been introduced to improve broadband investment conditions? Yes The UK has undertaken a raft of policy initiatives aimed at either reducing the cost of deployment, or providing certainty to the market in order for commercial deployment to be more attractive. In particular, the UK has provided guidance to local authorities on the deployment of microtrenching and the application of streetworks permits, is committed to allowing the deployment of new overhead telecoms lines and has asked the Law Commission to undertake a review of the Electronic Communications Code, the legislation that governs access to public and private land in order to provide more certainty to the market. The UK Government are also committed to infrastructure sharing and are working with both the telecoms and energy sectors to remove the barriers to sharing of infrastructure where possible. Ofcom have also mandated that BT, as an operator with Significant Market Power, should allow access to their duct and pole network. The UK Government has also revised its planning guidelines (National Planning Policy Framework)and has included a presumption in favour of sustainable development, which is making a positive contribution to planning decisions on broadband deployment.
Do you have an operational national mapping of retail broadband coverage at different speeds? Yes The National Regulatory Authority, Ofcom, regularly publish a broadband speed report, which includes average headline speed, average maximum speed and average speed across a number of retail packages offered. The latest report can be found at http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/market-data-research/other/telecoms-research/broadband-speeds/bb-speeds-nov-11
Have civil infrastructure initiatives been developed to entice new market entrants? Yes The UK has undertaken a raft of policy initiatives aimed at either reducing the cost of deployment, or providing certainty to the market in order for commercial deployment to be more attractive. In particular, the UK has provided guidance to local authorities on the deployment of microtrenching and the application of streetworks permits, is committed to allowing the deployment of new overhead telecoms lines and has asked the Law Commission to undertake a review of the Electronic Communications Code, the legislation that governs access to public and private land in order to provide more certainty to the market. The UK Government are also committed to infrastructure sharing and are working with both the telecoms and energy sectors to remove the barriers to sharing of infrastructure where possible. Ofcom have also mandated that BT, as an operator with Significant Market Power, should allow access to their duct and pole network.
Has the digital dividend spectrum (790 - 862MHz) been repurposed for mobile broadband and assigned to operators? Yes See action 49 for details.

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