Source: British House Of Lords News
18 May 2020
The Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill starts its committee stage, the first chance for line-by-line scrutiny, in a virtual session in the Lords on Tuesday 19 May.
Members are expected to discuss a range of topics, including the inclusion of rental properties, new builds, office buildings and retirement homes under the new law. The average download speed to be provide by service operators and preventing customers being locked into service agreements beyond the term of their initial contract will also be under discussion.
Lords second reading: Wednesday 22 April
Members discuss a range of topics highlighted by the bill, including:
a streamlined courts process for telecoms operators wishing to gain access to a dwelling
the importance of broadband connectivity during the Covid-19 pandemic
the target set in the Communications Act 2003 for 100% broadband coverage by 2020
the proportion of technology provided by ‘high-risk’ vendors.
Baroness Barran (party), Parliamentary Under-Secretary in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, opens the debate on the bill and responds on behalf of the government.
This bill is concerned with cases wherein a leaseholder in a multiple dwelling building has requested an electronic communication service, but the individual able to confer or be bound by rights under the Electronic Communications Code has repeatedly failed to respond to a telecom network operator’s requests for access.
The bill will amend the Code by providing a bespoke process for operators to gain access to such dwellings in order to deploy, upgrade or maintain fixed-line broadband connections.