A bill that will streamline the process for installing Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) passed its third and final reading in New Zealand Parliament recently.
Communications Minister Simon Bridges said the Telecommunications (Property Access and Other Matters) Amendment Bill will make it faster and easier to connect to high-speed internet, adding: “The Bill introduces a new, simplified consenting process that telecommunications companies must follow when installing modern networks like UFB, in instances where there are multiple interests in a property. For example, shared driveways and common areas of multi-unit complexes.
“These changes will provide better outcomes for an estimated 71,000 households that are currently unable to connect to fibre due to problems obtaining active consent to install it.”
The Bill also incentivises telecommunications companies to use lower-impact methods of installation where possible to reduce property disruption, and enables the use of existing infrastructure (such as electricity lines) for deploying fibre-optic cable in rural areas.
The new consenting process will come into force mid-2017.