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Broadband Consultation Launched

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

14 March 2003

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister launched today a public consultation proposing possible changes to Building Regulations to help facilitate the installation of broadband internet services.

A new consultation paper is seeking views on whether the installation of cable ducting in new and altered buildings would benefit the roll-out of broadband and the ways this could be taken forward.  It is thought that minimising the inconvience to occupants and owners of buildings when installing or removing cables will help to remove a potential barrier to take-up.

The consultation is considering a range of options from production of best practice guidance to strengthening Building Regulations.

Chris Leslie, Minister with Responsibility for Building Regulations, commented today: "To proceed with new Building Regulations, we need solid evidence of the benefits of such a change. We would need to be sure that new regulations were the most effective way forward, that they would achieve the objective of significantly increasing broadband take-up and that they would not impose unjustified or disproportionate burdens on the building industry or other affected sectors."

Interested parties have until 13 June 2003 to respond.

Read the full announcement

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