UK updates Rural Communications Agreement for quick roll-out of rural broadband
The updated agreement includes advisory rates of payment for the installation of new underground digital infrastructure on private land, representing a 4 percent rise on previous rates set in 2012.
The United Kingdom's Country Land and Business Association (CLA) and the National Farmers Union (NFU) have developed an updated wayleave framework to pave the way for broadband infrastructure providers to speed up the roll-out of rural broadband while ensuring fair treatment for landowners.
Announced at the CLA Connected Countryside conference on 19 June, the revised national Rural Communications Agreement has been framed to make it easier for landowners and broadband providers to reach an agreement. The CLA represents 30,000 landowners, farmers and rural businesses across England and Wales.
"People living and working in rural areas have fought long and hard for better broadband provision, and the wayleave agreement that we announce today will help speed up fixed-line broadband delivery without eroding property rights. It creates a national framework that provides certainty for individual landowners and smooths the way for faster roll-out," said Mark Bridgeman, Deputy President, CLA.
"We very much hope that this updated agreement will help to deliver broadband to rural areas which currently have poor, unreliable or non-existent broadband connection. Fast rural broadband is essential for our forward-thinking and dynamic farming industry, especially as we approach exiting the European Union," commented NFU Vice President Stuart Roberts.
The updated agreement includes advisory rates of payment for the installation of new underground digital infrastructure on private land, representing a 4 percent rise on previous rates set in 2012. The suggested rates and agreements will help to cut down the time and cost of negotiating individual wayleaves, making it easier and more cost effective to get the infrastructure for broadband put in place.