The new Digital Economy Bill, referenced in The Queen’s Speech, has now been debated at its Second Hearing in Parliament and is now going through the process of eventually becoming law.
Part of the Digital Economy Bill includes amending the Electronic Communications Code (ECC).
The ECC has, among other provisions, guidelines for arrangements between landowners and mobile mast owners including restrictions for mast height and location.
The ECC has not been drastically overhauled since it was written in 1984 over three decades ago; well before the advent of anything resembling modern mobile technology.
So what does the telecoms industry need to know about these proposed amendments?
The reform of the Electronic Communications Code was proposed in the last Digital Economy Bill by Ed Vaizey, former Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries.