Home
 » ISP News » 
Sponsored

CLA Opposes Cheaper Rates for Mobile Broadband Masts in UK Rural Areas

Friday, October 26th, 2012 (2:53 pm) - Score 1,139

The Country Land and Business Association(CLA), which represents English and Welsh land owners and repeatedly calls for improvements to UK rural broadband coverage, has opposed a reform of the Electronic Communication Code (ECC) that could make it cheaper for Mobile Broadband operators to expand their availability.

Ofcom states that the ECC enables telecoms firms, such as Mobile Network Operators, to build their networks (e.g. masts) on public land (streets) or to take rights over private land (usually via agreement with the landowner or via the county court etc.).

But crucially the Law Commission (LC) has recently proposed a series of changes to the ECC, which could result in rental payments for mast sites being slashed from “several thousand pounds a year, to the level of payment paid for a National Grid pylon” (i.e. currently between £87 and £147 a year).

Harry Cotterell, CLA President, said:

The suggestion that payments should be based on compulsory purchase principles – rather than on a freely negotiated market value basis – is deeply concerning for CLA members. The CLA is wholly opposed to this suggestion.

Mobile operators are companies run for profit and as such should pay the market price. They choose sites which will be economically viable based on demand.”

In theory the lower costs could make expanding mobile coverage into rural areas more economically viable and thus attractive, which would support the government’s new Mobile Broadband coverage target (i.e. at least 98% of the United Kingdom by the end of 2017).

Meanwhile Cotterell remains adamant that the current “market value approach” has worked for the majority of cases and hasn’t “stopped the roll-out of both mobile and landline telecommunications to the vast majority of the population“. Instead he argues that, “If there is no incentive to host apparatus, landowners will not want to host masts on their land.”

Leave a Comment
3 Responses
  1. Avatar dragoneast says:

    Well, this is a neat argument: BT (and all the other telecomms operators, ISPs and WISPs) are companies run for profit too. So surely what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, and the CLA (and all the others) who bleat about the inadequacy of the market, and seek state funds, should put up or shut up. Right? If any of us want better broadband than the market provides (or anything else) we can pay for it through our universally inflated property assets – we can’t have our cake and eat it! End of story . . . ?

  2. Avatar zemadeiran says:

    Farmers: we have no internetz to sell our sheeps

    Mobile provider: Let us put a tower on your land and give you little money

    Farmers : You want to provide 4G to my whole village and want to pay me pittance? GET OFF MY LAND! (gets shotgun)

    ON a serious note, maybe a pay scale in line with the number of local people served?

  3. Avatar FibreFred says:

    Just laughable

Comments are closed.

Comments RSS Feed

Javascript must be enabled to post (most browsers do this automatically)

Privacy Notice: Please note that news comments are anonymous, which means that we do NOT require you to enter any real personal details to post a message. By clicking to submit a post you agree to storing your comment content, display name, IP, email and / or website details in our database, for as long as the post remains live.

Only the submitted name and comment will be displayed in public, while the rest will be kept private (we will never share this outside of ISPreview, regardless of whether the data is real or fake). This comment system uses submitted IP, email and website address data to spot abuse and spammers. All data is transferred via an encrypted (https secure) session.

NOTE 1: Sometimes your comment might not appear immediately due to site cache (this is cleared every few hours) or it may be caught by automated moderation / anti-spam.

NOTE 2: Comments that break our rules, spam, troll or post via known fake IP/proxy servers may be blocked or removed.
Cheapest Superfast ISPs
  • Onestream £19.99 (*27.99)
    Avg. Speed 45Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
  • TalkTalk £21.00 (*29.95)
    Avg. Speed 38Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
  • NOW TV £22.00 (*40.00)
    Avg. Speed 36Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
  • Vodafone £22.00
    Avg. Speed 35Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
  • Hyperoptic £22.00
    Avg. Speed 50Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
Prices inc. Line Rental | View All
The Top 20 Category Tags
  1. FTTP (2912)
  2. BT (2827)
  3. FTTC (1813)
  4. Building Digital UK (1776)
  5. Politics (1714)
  6. Openreach (1668)
  7. Business (1491)
  8. FTTH (1345)
  9. Mobile Broadband (1281)
  10. Statistics (1277)
  11. 4G (1105)
  12. Fibre Optic (1087)
  13. Wireless Internet (1050)
  14. Ofcom Regulation (1045)
  15. Virgin Media (1035)
  16. EE (730)
  17. Vodafone (708)
  18. TalkTalk (691)
  19. Sky Broadband (687)
  20. 5G (570)
Promotion
Helpful ISP Guides and Tips
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
Sponsored

Copyright © 1999 to Present - ISPreview.co.uk - All Rights Reserved - Terms , Privacy and Cookie Policy , Links , Website Rules , Contact