Government launches Rural Fixed Line Network Access Framework

The national fixed line wayleave framework for landowners and infrastructure providers came into effect on 1 October. Covering both the main fixed line infrastructure provider, Openreach, as well as the alternative network providers, the framework represents a major step forward towards universal coverage in England and Wales.

The agreement formats within the framework (Annexes 3 and 4) are templates for alternative network providers (Annex 3) and Openreach (Annex 4). Members should ensure that they fully understand and take professional advice on any long term agreements that they are entering into. In addition, both templates comply with the revised Electronic Communications Code.

These agreements are permanent and can be assigned by the broadband supplier.  There will be only very limited circumstances where these agreements can be terminated.

Members should also note that the suggested rates in this Guidance Note are only advisory.

Members should ensure that any agreement they reach is subject to revision where appropriate.



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