Consultation: Proposal to apply Code Powers to B4B Networks Ltd
- Start: 11 May 2018
- Status: Statement published
- End: 11 June 2018
This document sets out Ofcom’s proposal to apply the electronic communications code (“the Code”) to B4B Networks Ltd.
The Grant of the Code powers is intended to assist persons who provide an electronic communications network and/or system of infrastructure. In particular, a person with Code powers (i.e. an “operator”) may:
- construct and maintain infrastructure on public land (streets) without needing to obtain a specific street works licence to do so;
- benefit from certain immunities from the Town and Country Planning legislation; and
- in the event that agreement cannot be reached with the owner or occupier of private land, to apply to the Court to impose an agreement which confers the Code right being sought by the operator or provides for the Code right to bind the landowner or occupier.
Ofcom considers applications for the grant of Code powers from providers of electronic communications networks and providers of systems of infrastructure (or both) with reference to the matters set out in section 107(4) of the Communications Act 2003 (“the Act”).
As such, Ofcom has reviewed an application for Code powers submitted by B4B Networks Ltd and this document sets out a summary of the contents of that application, as well as Ofcom’s proposal to grant Code powers in favour of B4B Networks Ltd.
Ofcom will consider any responses to this consultation before deciding whether or not to make a direction, under section 106(3)(a) of the Act, applying the Code to B4B Networks Ltd.