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The coalition's Growth and Infrastructure Bill has been amended to ensure parks and areas of natural beauty are offered more protection while the government rolls out superfast broadband services across the UK.

It follows some campaigners raising concerns that the new bill may damage some of the UK's national parks through the installation of telegraph poles or broadband street cabinets, but the controversial proposals have now been amended.

Baroness Hanham told the House of Lords that the reforms will ensure fixed broadband deployment is not held back in cases where local planning authorities and broadband providers are unable to agree on an ideal location for infrastructure.

"The government remains convinced that the natural environment and landscape are of crucial importance, which is why there will be a number of important safeguards.," she explained.

The Baroness added that this will involve national parks helping to shape the voluntary code on siting best practice, communications providers having a statutory duty to consult local planning authorities, and environmental sustainability becoming a requirement of the Broadband Delivery UK contracts.

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