Digital Infrastructure Group Meeting Chaired by Ed Vaizey MP & Lord Inglewood

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Date(s) - 13/12/2017
10:30 - 12:30

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DPA DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKING GROUP

DELIVERING DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE

Parliamentary Chair: Ed Vaizey MP
Parliamentary Co-Chair: Lord Inglewood
Industry Chair: Peter Farmer, Gamma
Deputy Industry Chair: Philip Cooper, Hyperoptic

Wednesday 13 December 2017

10.30-12.30

Westminster

To register interest: [email protected]

 

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Rt Hon Edward Vaizey MP and Lord Inglewood as Parliamentary Chairs of DPA’s Digital Infrastructure Working Group and will be holding a round table meeting in Westminster to discuss the Group’s objectives.

The Group will review its previous work prior to this year’s General Election and possible sources of concern relating to the Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill 2017-19 currently going through Parliament, and any potential for unintended consequences of this legislation, including the incentives for investment arising from taxation of infrastructure assets.

The round table will also discuss options for plans for activity throughout 2018, following the Autumn Budget 2017 which commits £385 million to projects to develop next generation 5G mobile and full-fibre broadband networks https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/autumn-budget-2017-documents/autumn-budget-2017#productivity.

This includes work to further inform Parliamentarians about existing barriers to the development of digital infrastructure and their potential solutions, as well as the implications of current provisions for the UK’s digital infrastructure roll-out, including through Openreach, and its level of transparency.

The Group should aim to address existing barriers to the roll out of digital infrastructure across the country, which relate to:

  • connectivity through fibre-to-the-premises, and through
  • wireless technology including 5G where allocation of spectrum has significant implications for development.
  • access arrangements, agreements, and wayleaves used to maintain and develop infrastructure, and in relation to working with national and local authorities or public sector networks such as that of Network Rail or National Grid.
  • the development of a competitive market-place, including for relevant skills, in which incentives for investment sufficiently facilitate improvements in digital infrastructure.

Additional consideration could be given to what effect work such as the Government Transformation Strategy will have on efforts towards a connected Britain. How will government departments address the UK’s needs and implement best practice?

The meeting will define the course the new working group could take, so it is open to members and non-members with an interest in helping inform Parliamentarians of the issues holding the country back, and in what solutions there may be for successful and timely delivery of digital infrastructure.

If you are interested in attending this roundtable discussion, where there will be the opportunity to share your opinions, please register by emailing [email protected]. Please note that there are a limited number of places so registration is compulsory.  Confirmations will be sent to all those with a place in due course.  Non DPA members are invited to attend this initial meeting, but to continue participating, then need to take up DPA membership. More details are available at: https://dpalliance.org.uk/join-us/.