The government has submitted plans to speed up the rollout of superfast broadband across the UK to Parliament.
The Growth and Infrastructure Bill were first outlined by recently appointed secretary of state Maria Miller who heads up the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), with the intention of reducing the red tape for firms involved in infrastructure rollouts.
"The government means business and we are determined to cut through the bureaucracy that is holding us back," said Miller at the time.
This includes 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.
On Friday, the Bill was read before Parliament with planning minister Nick Boles underlining the importance the government believes it has for the nation's economic future.
"The Growth and Infrastructure Bill will boost investment and local economic growth. It removes confusing and overlapping red tape, whilst ensuring democratic checks and balances and environmental safeguards remain in place," he said.
"Britain is in a global race today with rising nations like China and Brazil. Countries like ours will only be able to compete if we make it easier for businesses to invest and quicker for infrastructure to get built."
The first reading stage of the Bill means no debate took place on its content, with that set to take place during the second reading, tentatively scheduled for 30 October.
Recent reports have placed the UK in last place across Europe for the deployment of fibre to the home deployments, although other industry bodies have been less critical of the nation's current position.
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