BSG issue response to DCMS and DCLG consultation on mobile connectivity
Today the Broadband Stakeholder Group submitted its response to proposals aimed at boosting the roll-out of mobile and mobile broadband, issued by the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
The BSG supports the main tenants and objectives of the proposals but recommends that the government may wish to go further on:
- Ensuring infrastructure upgrades in non-protected areas can occur under permitted development, without the need for prior approval, to support an efficient 4G roll-out process
- Further ease restrictions in protected areas to support improved connectivity in rural and hard to reach areas
The response also offers some additional proposals focused on how to support anticipated new infrastructure in support of mobile connectivity, in addition to the proposals to support upgrade of existing infrastructure.