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September 10, 2012

UK to change permission rules for faster broadband roll out

New policies to improve internat speeds

By CBR Staff Writer

The UK government is planning to change the planning permission rules to support the launch of faster internet speeds all through the country.

During the Parliament session, the government had assigned £680m for the project, which includes £150m to build 10 ‘super-connected’ cities offering 80Mbps download speeds by 2015 and £530m from the BBC licence fee in a bid to enhance the speeds in the country.

Accordingly, the overall changes are aimed at offering speeds of no less than 24Mbps to about 90% of the UK.

UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Maria Miller said superfast broadband is vital to secure the country’s future – to kick start economic growth and create jobs.

"We are putting in the essential infrastructure that will make UK businesses competitive, and sweeping away the red tape that is a barrier to economic recovery," Miller said.

Following the legislations into effect in 2013, the new policies will apply until 2015.

The new policies are expected to assist the internet providers to set up 1.4m tall cabinets, and retrofit the currently installed with new outer shells.

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Under the new plans, broadband companies will experience less investment and bureaucracy in putting down cables in streets and broadband cables and cabinets will be installed on or within private land with no bureaucratic load of long-running interventions.

The alterations include authorisation for firms to set up broadband cabinets and other associated infrastructure on public land without any requirement of permission from local councils.

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