The government has unveiled a raft of proposals designed to speed up the rollout of superfast broadband networks in the UK in an effort to hit its ambitious targets of 25Mbit/s for 90 percent of the population by 2015.
The proposals include giving comms providers the right to install cabinets and other necessary infrastructure without council's approvals and the right to install overhead broadband lines without planning permissions.
The government also intends to work with highway and traffic authorities to make it easier for broadband firms to install networks under roads without excessive regulations or by co-ordinating building works to limit disruptions and costs.
The plans were unveiled by the newly-installed secretary of state for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Maria Miller, who claimed the moves would help the government push forward its broadband agenda.
"Superfast broadband is vital to secure our country's future - to kick start economic growth and create jobs. We are putting in the essential infrastructure that will make UK businesses competitive, and sweeping away the red tape that is a barrier to economic recovery," she said.
"The government means business and we are determined to cut through the bureaucracy that is holding us back."
Ovum analyst Matt Howett told V3 that while the government intervention should be welcomed and could have a positive impact on rollouts, it was long overdue.
"This type of intervention is what the state's involvement should be about; making it easier and more financially viable for the private sector to rollout. We should welcome that with open arms, but it's something they should have done sooner," he said.
"Removing planning permissions around cabinets and overhead cables are two significant changes.
"The cost of digging up a street can be 70 percent of the entire investment in some areas and firms like BT have been hampered by these issues in the past so it could have a big impact."
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