U.K. mandates new homes to be built with gigabit connectivity

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The U.K. government has enacted new law to ensure that new homes are built with gigabit broadband connections and to allow telecoms companies to provide faster internet to people living in apartment buildings.

According to revised Building Regulations 2010, new homes must now be constructed with gigabit fiber broadband connections. Meanwhile, the Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Act (TILPA) aims to make it easier for broadband providers to gain access to apartments and flats to meet renters’ requests for new broadband connections.

If developers are not able to establish a gigabit connection within the cost cap, they must still install gigabit-ready infrastructure and the fastest-available connection.

“The updated regulations mean that more people moving into new homes will have a gigabit-capable broadband connection ready when construction is completed, avoiding the need for costly and disruptive installation work after the home is built,” the UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said in an announcement.

It seeks to avoid subjecting new homeowners to the hardships of a gigabit broadband connection process after they have moved in. It also mandates that home builders spend no more than £2,000 per home on gigabit connection costs.

The sources for this piece include an article in TheVerge.


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