Digital and telecoms: resources for local authorities

This section offers guidance to assist local authorities in areas of digital leadership, legislation, regulation, planning, public assets and deployment.

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Digital strategy and leadership

How can local authorities demonstrate leadership and create a strategy to encourage investment in digital infrastructure?

Legislation and regulation

This section provides an overview of the current legislative and regulatory environment around the deployment of digital infrastructure at the local level, including the Electronic Communications Code and the role of Ofcom.

Access to public sector assets

This section presents practical guidance on access matters, including advice on access agreements and how local authorities can promote and encourage the use of public sector land, buildings and other assets for digital deployment.

Guidance for the local planning authority

Local planning authorities have a crucial role in the deployment of fibre and mobile infrastructure. This section offers guidance on how local planning policies and practices can support a wider digital infrastructure strategy.

Additional resources

The guidance below has been developed to address challenges around street works and deployment of digital infrastructure on the Government estate.

The Street Works Toolkit offers guidance for highway authorities and network providers on how effectively to coordinate street works for the deployment of telecommunications infrastructure (this applies to England and Wales).

The Digital Infrastructure Toolkit provides advice for central government and network providers regarding access to government sites. Local authorities are encouraged to consider this guidance and how it might be applied to their sites.

5G technologies: radio waves and health

This section presents information on exposure to radio signals from 5G technologies. This 5G Mobile Technology Guide also provides advice to help councils and local politicians deal with queries from the public, counter misinformation and explain the facts about 5G. Mobile UK, which represents the mobile network operators, provides additional information on its website.

Project Gigabit Phase One Delivery Plan

Project Gigabit

Following constructive and positive feedback to the paper from 96 organisations across the telecoms industry and local government the Project Gigabit Delivery Plan builds on the December 2020 proposals and the responses we have received and sets out our immediate delivery plans.

Public reviews

Building Digital UK will be seeking views from the public and other stakeholders with regard to existing or planned commercial gigabit capable broadband in areas open for public review. All areas currently open for public review can be found on the UK Gigabit Programme: public reviews page. Each public review will take place over a specified time period and will be replicated on the corresponding county council’s broadband web pages.

Homepage: Digital Connectivity Portal

Published 20 December 2018
Last updated 19 April 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added hyperlink to the relevant page on Mobile UK's website for guidance on 5G and health

  2. Title change

  3. Added Project Gigabit Delivery Plan section

  4. Added Public Reviews section

  5. Updated 5G guidance

  6. Addition of information on 5G technologies

  7. First published.