Access Agreements

An overview of key points related to access agreements between landowners and network managers for the development of digital infrastructure. Writtle University College informed the Student Office in May 2018 of non-compliance with the provisions of its access agreements for 2012-13 to 2017-17-2018. One of the practical consequences of the fundamental change in the legal definition of consideration introduced by the 2017 reforms is that there is currently a relative lack of available empirical data on which an assessment judgment can be based. In these circumstances, transparency plays an important role in smoothing the process of negotiating new agreements in an embryonic market. Therefore, in the absence of a binding commercial or legal obligation, it could be considered to limit the use of confidentiality clauses, since their inclusion would limit the availability of comparable evidence. Agreements vary depending on the rights sought and the conditions agreed. However, there are a number of sources available that local authorities may find useful when thinking about what should be included in their own agreements. These include agreements that give communication network operators access rights to private and public land and buildings for the installation and maintenance of networks, and which are governed by the electronic communications code. For more information, please visit the legislation and regulations section. This guide sets out the principles of good practice that DCMS should recommend to local authorities when granting communication network operators access rights to their land and assets, in order to ensure consistency with the legal framework and government policy. The Fair Access Office (FFO) found the violation in 2016-17 by monitoring access agreements. The overall aim of these principles is to help local authorities provide operators with access to operators in order to maximise the use of land, buildings and other public sector assets, in order to provide UK consumers with quality digital coverage and connectivity.