High quality rural broadband is now one step closer
NewsFriday 11 January 2013
The National Farmers Union recently revealed that they have come to an agreement with the CLA to bring rural broadband a step closer to reality.
The NFU announced that the new package of advisory wayleave payment rates and terms will mean not-for-profit or private companies looking to install the infrastructure needed for a community rural broadband network can work with farmers and landowners.
This new development will aid the government in its aim to help roll out superfast broadband to remote and rural areas. The broadband will be installed in areas where the previous business case for broadband has been weak, or in the worst cases, non-existent.
NFU Vice President Adam Quinney said: “We know how increasingly important rural broadband connection is to farmers and those with diversified businesses.
“We very much hope that these wayleave agreements will help to deliver broadband to the rural areas which currently have poor, unreliable or non-existent broadband connection. Fast rural broadband is essential for our forward-thinking and dynamic farming industry.”
CLA President Harry Cotterell said: “The importance of good rural broadband cannot be over-emphasised. It is essential for business, whether starting up or expanding, essential for education and research and an important communication tool for all rural communities.
“We are confident this wayleaves package will help secure consent for a broadband infrastructure to be rolled out to the final third of the country who still suffer with chronically poor broadband.”
The example agreement that the CLA and NFU came to suggests payment rates for broadband apparatus that the landowners can enter into with not-for-profit companies, or other private companies that are wishing to install a community broadband network.
Certain circumstances could exist where a landowner may wish to waive the payment in return for their own high-speed broadband connection to the network. The rates that are being suggested will help to cut down the time and cost of negotiating wayleaves. This will in turn make it far easier and more cost effective to get the infrastructure for broadband put in place.
Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey said: “The publication of the CLA and NFU rural wayleave agreement is great news. It will go a long way to making our roll-out of rural broadband cheaper and quicker by reducing the cost and time taken in negotiating individual land access agreements, while providing certainty to communications providers and ensuring landowners receive appropriate compensation.”