Statement: Electronic Communications Code
- Start: 24 March 2017
- Status: Statement published
- End: 02 June 2017
Statement published 15 December 2017
In April 2017 the Digital Economy Bill received Royal Assent from both Houses of Parliament, and became the Digital Economy Act. Amongst other things, the Digital Economy Act reformed the ‘electronic communications code’ by introducing a range of measures to make it easier for network operators to rollout infrastructure (such as phone masts, exchanges and cabinets) on public and private land. The reforms to the electronic communications code in the Digital Economy Act are wide-ranging and are of particular significance for network operators, landowners and occupiers. They include new obligations on Ofcom to publish:
- a Code of Practice to accompany the changes to the electronic communications code;
- a number of template notices which must or may (depending on the circumstances in question) be used by Code operators and landowners/occupiers; and
- standard terms which may (but need not) be used by Code operators and landowners or occupiers when negotiating agreements to confer Code rights.
Ofcom prepared drafts of each of the documents referred to above and consulted on them, and is now publishing the final versions of these in addition to a statement.