The Government announced in January that they were opening a consultation on the Electronic Communications Code 2017 (ECC) so that they can assess “whether changes are needed to support digital coverage and connectivity.”
The ECC regulates the relationship between network operators and the landowners who rent them land to host network infrastructure equipment. The ECC was intended to increase the speed of network rollout by explicitly stating the rights for site providers and operators. However, in the three years since its’ enactment, progress has slowed down rather than sped up, and there is broad agreement that the ECC in its’ current form will not facilitate the Government’s ambitious targets for delivering digital connectivity.
When the consultation was released Cluttons’ felt it was important to join the conversation and share our experience of working under the ECC. We support the intentions of the consultation to provide greater certainty and promote better collaboration to overcome the three identified problem areas. Ultimately, we need the ECC to work, as connectivity has never been more important than it is right now. We therefore hope that all our fellow colleagues in the industry have also shared their views so the ECC can fulfil its potential for all.