The CLA has negotiated a comprehensive national telecoms wayleave framework that sets new rates and provides templates for members to use when negotiating with Openreach and alternative network providers of fibre optic cabling for broadband. This framework revises previous agreements in 2010 and 2012 and complies with the Electronic Communications Code 2017.
This guidance note sets out a definition of broadband, the technologies used in the provision of 2nd generation broadband and superfast broadband and the role and importance of alternative technologies in providing effective and affordable broadband for rural areas. It also sets out the Government's strategy in the rollout of superfast broadband and the CLA's position and objectives.
Information Technology (IT) is now accepted as being fundamental to the growth and success of businesses, especially in rural areas. Internet access and email have changed the way we work and broadband is regarded by many as a vital component for businesses especially in rural areas.
This Guidance Note offers advice to landowners as to the background to the need for rural wayleaves in order to roll out broadband to the final 1/3 of the rural area that is currently hard to reach. There are also attached agreements for the apparatus for both private and not-for profit installers. These should be seen as permanent rights and therefore appropriate professional advice should be sought before signing.