Bet­ter wayleave agree­ments

Country Smallholding - - News Report -

An is­sue that has held up some broad­band schemes was lengthy ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween landown­ers and the com­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pa­nies, but this prob­lem may have been over­come.

The Coun­try Land and Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion (CLA) and Na­tional Farm­ers Union (NFU) have been work­ing to make it eas­ier for Open­reach to reach agree­ments with landown­ers over lo­ca­tions and pay­ment rates for ca­bles and other elec­tronic com­mu­ni­ca­tions ap­pa­ra­tus.

The new na­tional broad­band wayleave agree­ment and me­mo­riam of un­der­stand­ing pro­gramme came into op­er­a­tion on 1 Oc­to­ber 2018 and it is hoped that it will smooth the way for a faster roll- out of fixed line broad­band to ru­ral and re­mote ar­eas.

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