Encourage the Chancellor to provide business rates relief in the Autumn Budget to put mobile infrastructure on par with fixed broadband infrastructure.
Request further reform of the planning system to bring more mobile infrastructure into the permitted development rights regime and allow for regular review of planning regulations to ensure flexibility ahead of new technologies.
Improved access to public assets
The public sector can support and accelerate mast development by allowing mobile providers to access public sites
Encouraging partnerships between local authorities and mobile providers to trial new methods of extending mobile coverage in the area
Local planning teams
Requesting that development plans and planning teams consider mobile connectivity upfront and at the beginning of a project to ensure new developments and sites have good coverage
Local development plans
Including pro-mobile messaging in development plans, which will influence strategic approaches to mobile infrastructure deployment at the local level
The UK Government and developers should consider mobile coverage when deciding on the location and materials of new projects. Modern building materials such as glass reflect mobile signals and will not support good mobile connectivity
Further reforming the planning system to support the deployment of mobile infrastructure and building consistency to create certainty for mobile operators
Third party advocates
Mobile operators will not be able to overcome challenges in mast deployment independently. We require local and third party advocates who will actively support local policy changes in favour of mobile infrastructure deployment
Working with local authorities
Encouraging conversations between mobile providers and local authorities to make it easier for operators to deploy new infrastructure and deliver services to harder to reach areas