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Internet: Broadband

House of Lords written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Baroness Whitaker Baroness Whitaker Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence further to that outlined in the impact assessment they can provide to show overall economic benefit from the provisions in the Electronic Communications Code (Conditions and Restrictions) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 (SI 2013/1403); and what is calculated to be the impact of those Regulations on the deployment of broadband infrastructure.

Photo of Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lords Spokesperson (Department for Culture, Media and Sport), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The impact assessment identified the direct and specific monetised benefits for operators by reducing their costs. The overall economic benefit will only become clear as operators begin to deploy fixed broadband infrastructure, taking advantage of these measures. Their purpose is to enable economic growth by removing regulatory barriers. As well as reducing costs to operators it is expected that they will provide certainty about planning decisions, thus speeding up investment in superfast broadband infrastructure. This, in turn, should support greater rural connectivity for households and businesses which is an essential part of the foundation in building a dynamic and diverse range of economic benefits.

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