A nationwide full fibre connectivity plan

Published: Updated:

The Commission recommends that government should set out a nationwide full fibre connectivity plan by spring 2019, including proposals for connecting rural and remote communities. This should ensure that full fibre connectivity is available to 15 million homes and businesses by 2025, 25 million by 2030 with full coverage by 2033. To achieve these targets:

  • Ofcom should promote network competition to drive the commercial rollout of full fibre, by deregulating where competition is effective and guaranteeing a fair bet on risky investments before regulating any uncompetitive areas.
  • Government should part subsidise rollout to rural and remote communities, beginning by 2020, starting with the hardest to reach areas and community self-build.
  • Government and Ofcom should allow for copper switch-off by 2025.
  • Government and Ofcom should take action to cut the cost of full fibre deployment including:
    • Government should ensure the processes for obtaining wayleaves and connecting new builds are the same for digital infrastructure as other utilities by 2019.
    • Local government should designate ‘digital champions’ to improve telecoms processes such as street work permissions and access to publicly owned assets.
    • Ofcom should monitor the accessibility of Openreach’s duct and pole infrastructure by levels of usage.

Share this article

<

Recent Articles

We’re recruiting: Policy adviser (energy)
Wind turbine being built

We’re recruiting: Policy adviser (energy)

Are you a creative and analytical thinker, someone who can work flexibly and collaboratively on complex policy issues and build productive working relationships with stakeholders across government and industry as well as with colleagues? Are you interested in helping shape policy on the country’s long term shift from a reliance on fossil fuels towards a...

30 May 2024 By
The pre-election period: 25 May – 4 July 2024
Houses of Parliament

The pre-election period: 25 May – 4 July 2024

In the run-up to the UK General Election, the Commission – like other public sector bodies – is required to act in accordance with the 2024 General Election guidance. The Commission offers independent advice to the government of the day, and it is not appropriate for it to engage in discussion of government policy during...

25 May 2024 By
Principles before particulars secures project success, say NIC design experts

Principles before particulars secures project success, say NIC design experts

The National Infrastructure Commission’s Design Group has published guidance on developing and implementing design principles for major infrastructure projects. Building on the Group’s high level design principles – climate, people, places and value – the new guidance sets out a structured process for applying tailored principles at every stage of a project life cycle. The...

21 May 2024 By

Evidence_Icon_Turquoise Created with Sketch.

Explore data used in the Commission's research, and gain insights from across UK infrastructure

Join our team of professionals supporting the Commission to provide evidence based and forward thinking advice on infrastructure strategy.