Queen’s Speech: Digital economy proposals for landlords will have adverse effect on broadband rollout

18 May 2016

Policy area: Town centre & Retail

The British Property Federation has commented on the inclusion of the Electronic Communications Code (ECC) within the Digital Economy Bill, which will provide landlords with less control over the use of their buildings. 

Melanie Leech, chief executive of the British Property Federation, said: “The Electronic Communications Code is in need of reform and so we are pleased to see this new draft included in the Bill, but we are disappointed at its content and scope. The measures suggested should have included an ability for landlords and operators to contract out of the Code, to encourage landlords to lease their roof space to telecoms providers and improve network coverage. 

“The government wants to boost broadband across the country, but the nature of its proposals means that landlords are going to remain unlikely to enter into contracts with telecoms providers. We hope to engage with the planned code of practice planned to accompany the ECC, which could help ease landlords' resistance.”