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Legislation amended to require new build homes to have gigabit broadband access

9 Jan 2023

Amendments to the Building Regulations 2010 that will require new homes in England to be built with access to gigabit connectivity have been confirmed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).

Outlining the development in a press release, the DCMS noted that the updated regulations mean property developers will be legally required to future-proof new homes in England for gigabit broadband as standard practice during construction. Connection costs will be capped at GBP2,000 (USD2,417) per home for developers, which will work together with network operators to connect developments to suitable communications infrastructure. The government body estimates that more than 98% of premises fall within this cap, while in those cases where a developer is unable to secure a gigabit-capable connection within the cost cap, developers must install the next fastest connection available. Further, even where a gigabit-capable connection is not available within the cost cap, gigabit-ready infrastructure, such as ducts, chambers and termination points, still need to be installed.

Meanwhile, in what the DCMS called ‘a further boost to people’s access to better broadband’, it has claimed another new law will make it easier to install faster internet connections in blocks of flats when landlords repeatedly ignore requests for access from broadband firms. ‘The Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Act’ (‘TILPA’) – which is now in force in England and Wales – should make it easier for broadband providers to gain access to install equipment in blocks of flats when a faster connection is requested by a tenant. It is estimated that an extra 2,100 residential buildings a year will be connected as a result.

Commenting on these developments, Digital Infrastructure Minister Julia Lopez said: ‘Nothing should stop people from seizing the benefits of better broadband, whether it is an unresponsive landlord or a property developer’s failure to act … Thanks to our new laws, millions of renters will no longer be prevented from getting a broadband upgrade due to the silence of their landlord, and those moving into newly built homes can be confident they’ll have access to the fastest speeds available from the day they move in.’

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