Laura Sharman 10 October 2019

New law to make it quicker to install faster internet connections in flats

New law to make it quicker to install faster internet connections in flats image

A new has been passed to make it possible to install faster internet connections in blocks of flats where landlords have repeatedly ignored requests for access from broadband firms.

The legislation will help connect 3,000 residential buildings a year to gigabit speeds.

Digital secretary, Nicky Morgan, said: ‘We’ve just announced £5bn so that people in rural communities will get gigabit speed internet at the same time as everyone else.

‘And we’re now making sure people living in blocks of flats and apartments are not left behind either, and can reap the huge benefits of the fastest and most resilient internet connections.’

Operators have previously warned 40% of their requests for access receive no response from landlords. The new law will enable operators to use the existing Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) to connect the property, lowering the timescale from six months to a few weeks.

Lutz Schüler, CEO of Virgin Media, said: ‘This new law is something Virgin Media has long called for – it breaks through a major broadband barrier as we invest to bring gigabit speeds to our entire, ever-growing network.’

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Assistant Director Property

East Sussex County Council
Up to £86,000 (pay award pending)
Your track record of leading change will equip you to position Property Services as a true, collaborative partner delivering a... East Sussex
Recuriter: East Sussex County Council

Hylands Manager

Chelmsford City Council
Grade 10 - Starting at £43,836 per annum and rising to £48,309
This is a rare and exciting opportunity for an exceptional candidate to create and deliver a vision for Hylands House to ensure it can reach it’s f... Chelmsford, Essex
Recuriter: Chelmsford City Council

Assistant Traffic Management & Road Safety Engineer

North Yorkshire County Council
£22,021 to £26,999
We are looking for an Assistant Engineer to join our Traffic Engineering team. The Traffic Engineering Team forms part of... Northallerton, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Regulatory Lawyer Solicitor - Selby

Selby District Council
£32,029 to £42,683 pro rata.
We are looking for a Solicitor/Barrister who can join our supportive team to provide legal support to Selby District Council and... Selby, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: Selby District Council

Trainee Solicitor

North Yorkshire County Council
£22,021 to £24,313
To be successful you must... Northallerton, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue