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A new connectivity: revised Electronic Communications Code is launched

Overview

The Digital Economy Act 2017 introduces a new electronic communications code, intended to facilitate widespread connectivity and address some of the critical issues that currently beset the telecoms industry.

The current electronic communications code was issued in 1984 and it was designed to facilitate the installation and maintenance of fixed line communications networks. It was extended in 2003 in recognition of the development and availability of new forms of digital technology. It has long been considered complex, out of date and unsatisfactory for landowners, operators and infrastructure providers alike. This article examines its replacement.