Broadband as the Fourth Utility

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-07-13
Session date: 
July 13, 2017
Reference: 
2017/2983
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

London's broadband is unfit for a global city. What are the Mayor's views on the UK system of broadband provision and how can the GLA, through funding, the London Plan and its Chief Digital Officer, achieve a step-change in delivering super-fast fibre, and how can the Mayor ensure existing communities benefit from faster speeds as a result of new housebuilding and large-scale regeneration?

Answer

Answer for Broadband as the Fourth Utility

Answer for Broadband as the Fourth Utility

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In my manifesto I committed to improving our connectivity, making it a priority to tackle London's 'notspots'.

I am recruiting a small dedicated team to tackle areas of London that remain with poor or zero Internet connectivity. It will work with residents and businesses and the large number of providers of connectivity services to put together packages that will work for both sides, including making sure that wider communities benefit from regeneration.

I am working to ensure that wayleave agreements - legal agreements that allow tenants to get connectivity installed on their landlords' premises - are easier to conclude and fit for mobile telephone infrastructure as well as fixed broadband.

I am also ensuring easier access to public sector property to install and maintain digital infrastructure - masts, cables etc., and I am seeking to update the planning status and requirements for digital connectivity to recognise that it is as essential to Londoners' modern lives as water and electricity.