Rented Housing: Broadband

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 21st March 2022.

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Photo of Julian Knight Julian Knight Chair, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Chair, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Chair, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Sub-committee on Online Harms and Disinformation, Chair, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Sub-committee on Online Harms and Disinformation

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that all landlords sign a wayleave for their properties to allow the installation of fibre for broadband by the end of 2024-25.

Photo of Julia Lopez Julia Lopez Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office), Minister of State

In my response to question 138959, I expressed my view on the critical role that landlords play in enabling access to full fibre broadband. I also set out the measures DCMS is taking to ensure landlords understand that role, as well as ways the Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Act will help address situations where landlords do not engage with requests for wayleaves.

Additional measures in the Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill are intended to encourage more collaborative negotiations and faster dispute resolution in relation to requests for rights to install telecommunications apparatus.

This should lead to better engagement from landlords, meaning that more tenants across the country can benefit from fibre broadband. This will support our ambition for a minimum of 85% gigabit-capable coverage across the UK by 2025.

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