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The government has outlined legislation that it claims will help to deliver a “world-class digital infrastructure in every part of the UK“ in years to come.

The measures, published as part of a document 'Fixing the foundations: Creating a more prosperous nation', include plans to allow taller mobile masts and reduce costs associated with fibre broadband deployment.

The proposal to extend permitted development rights to taller mobile masts will happen in both protected and non-protected areas across England.

This is alongside plans to introduce measures to help reform the Electronic Communications Code, which regulates the relationship between electronic communications network operators and site providers.

Consultations will also begin later this year on the introduction of the EU Directive on steps aimed at reducing the cost of setting up high-speed communication networks.

The government is also looking into the possibility of relaxing the planning of fixed high-speed broadband infrastructure.

Boosting investment in high-speed broadband is seen by the government as a top priority over the course of the next few years, with connectivity viewed as a key part of economic growth for the whole of the UK.

The government claims this latest round of measures will make it "cheaper and easier for providers to build the infrastructure UK businesses need".

The paper claims the government is targeting “near universal” coverage of “ultrafast” (over 100Mbps) broadband connectivity.

The government has already made great strides through the existing Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme, which has run alongside other policies aimed at improving mobile coverage.

The paper added: "Electromagnetic spectrum is a valuable and scarce resource. By securing more efficient use of public sector spectrum (while safeguarding departments’ ability to deliver critical operational public services), the government will be able to share or release more of its spectrum."

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