The government is committed to delivering nationwide gigabit connectivity as soon as possible. Today, 65% of premises can access gigabit-capable networks, up from just one in ten in November 2019, and by 2025 the government is targeting a minimum of 85% gigabit-capable coverage.
It is a priority to ensure that new homes are built with fast, reliable and resilient broadband. We are consulting on proposed legislation that will ensure that the construction of new homes includes requirements for the installation of gigabit infrastructure and connectivity. This will give more people the connectivity they want and need without costly and disruptive installation work after the home is built.
Fast and reliable broadband will help owners of new homes throughout the country to live and work more flexibly and will help to support social inclusion and growth.
Our proposed amendments to the Building Regulations 2010 will ensure that the installation of gigabit broadband connectivity is always considered during the construction process of new homes.
Our policy proposals to mandate gigabit-capable connections in new build homes were outlined in the consultation ‘New Build Developments: delivering gigabit-capable connections’. The government response to the consultation, published in March 2020, announced proposals to use existing powers in the Building Act 1984 to amend the Building Regulations 2010 to achieve our aims.
In order to amend Building Regulations, we are required by the Building Act 1984 to conduct a technical consultation. The purpose of this consultation, which is open to the public, is to seek views on the proposed new gigabit-capable broadband legal requirements and the associated statutory guidance for developers in relation to new build homes.
The technical consultation will close for responses on 28 February 2022. We will aim to publish the consultation response and lay the implementing legislation as soon as Parliamentary time allows, with the legislative amendments coming into force as soon as possible.
Building Regulations are a devolved matter, so legislative proposals upon which we are consulting apply to England only. However, the provision of gigabit-capable connections to new build homes is a priority for the government across the whole of the UK. We therefore welcome views from the devolved administrations.