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In December the House of Lords had its second reading of the Digital Economy Bill 2016-17 one clause of which provides for the introduction of a new Electronic Communications Code (“the Code”).
Should the Bill be passed later this year, the new Code promises to offer greater financial and remedial incentives for Park Owners to grant access rights to Network Providers, for the installation and maintenance of electronic communication apparatus (such as telephone masts and cabling) in, over and under their land, by:
- ensuring property owners are more fairly compensated for the use of their land, and;
- increasing the speed and effectiveness of dispute resolution by transferring proceedings from ordinary courts to specialist tribunals.
These incentives will only apply to new contracts and not to existing contracts retrospectively. However the Government intends to introduce transitional arrangements that will make clear how and when existing contacts can transition to the provisions of the new Code.
Latest news on the Digital Economy Bill 2016-17 can be found here.
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