Laura Sharman 02 October 2015

London council could rent its rooftops to telecoms companies

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Camden Council is considering leasing rooftop spaces on council-owned building rooftops to telecommunications companies to generate new income and improve connectivity.

The council said allowing companies to install mobile and wireless broadband masts on more than 50 rooftops could make the council up to £6m over ten years.

Camden has also announced plans to install free Wi-Fi access on 74 tenants’ halls on council estates as part of its drive to close the digital divide. It will also provide tenants’ halls with refurbished PCs and digital skills training.

Cllr Theo Blackwell, the council’s cabinet member for finance and technology policy, said: ‘We will reinvest money gained back into public services, including giving free Wi-Fi to 74 tenants’ halls across the borough.

‘I am committed to proactively pursuing further opportunities, such as Small Cells, that have the potential to deliver even more income and super connectivity across the borough.’

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