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The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) is seeking to develop a regulated national wayleave agreement for firms constructing broadband networks in the UK.

According to the lobby group, such an agreement could allow broadband providers to overcome many of the obstacles associated with network development, particularly in rural areas.

Through a wayleave agreement, broadband providers would be able to access CLA members' land for the purposes of extending their network infrastructure.

The CLA told ISPreview.co.uk that a terminable licence could make it cheaper and quicker to develop high-speed broadband technology, meaning more people could gain access to advanced web services.

Speaking to the news provider, Dr Charles Trotman, Head of Rural Business Development at the CLA, explained that any rates negotiated would be advisory only.

"We hope to officially announce the agreements in the next few months," he stated.

The government is in the process of investing £530 million in the UK's rural broadband infrastructure, in a bid to guarantee download speeds of 2Mb by 2015.

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