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The Electronic Communications Code & Landowners - What’s New?

The Electronic Communications Code & Landowners - What’s New?

Session

25 Apr 2024

1:15 PM

3:15 PM

With a SmartPlan £144

With a Season Ticket £160

Standard price £320

All prices exclude VAT
Level
Intermediate: Requires some prior subject knowledge
CPD
2 hours
Group bookings
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Introduction

UK government policy committed to delivering fast and reliable broadband and mobile connectivity. In 2017, the Electronic Communications Code was introduced with a view to empowering telecommunications operators in improving mobile coverage and broadband networks.

The Code introduced significant rights for operators that have proved controversial for landowners. As a result, there have been numerous cases before the Upper Tribunal and Court considering the meaning and effect of the Code.

More recently, the government has consulted on further revisions to the Code to address some of the perceived obstacles to the roll out of the network.

It has now published the Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill to further amend the Code. The intent is to:

  • Amend the Code to support the quick and efficient rollout of gigabit-capable broadband and 5G networks in a way that balances the interests of landowners, telecoms operators, and the public
  • Align the process and framework for renewal agreements with those for new agreements and encourage more collaborative negotiations
  • Introduce measures that will help optimise the use of existing infrastructure

This virtual classroom seminar will provide an overview of the Code, a review of recent cases and provide practical tips on negotiating terms. We will also look at the likely effect of Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill.

What You Will Learn

This live and interactive session will cover the following:

  • An overview of the Code
    • Statutory updates
    • The Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill
    • Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Act 2021
  • Transitional provisions and the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954
  • The key concepts and parts of the Code for landowners:
    • Electronic communications apparatus
    • Land and occupiers
    • Code agreements
    • Assignment/sharing
    • Upgrading
    • Works/trees
  • Code rights by agreement and negotiation of heads of terms
  • Compensation, consideration, and rent
  • Code notices
  • Tribunal applications - enforcement and dispute resolution
  • Termination, modification, and renewal of Code agreements
  • Removal of apparatus
  • Recent and key decisions
  • The future - how will the Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill change the position?

Recording of live sessions: Soon after the Learn Live session has taken place you will be able to go back and access the recording - should you wish to revisit the material discussed.