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Gigaclear has praised the government's commitment to encouraging private sector providers to increase their rollout of fibre broadband.

Ministers have already offered to provide the digital sector with a £60 million tax boost to make it easier for firms to lay fibre broadband cables.

Since telecoms networks currently pay business rates on the fibre infrastructure required to deliver high-quality broadband and mobile connectivity to homes and businesses, the government wants to give them a tax break for up to five years on the infrastructure they deploy to provide full-fibre broadband.

The measure would save them around £60 million, which could be reinvested in fibre deployment.

According to Matthew Hare, Chief Executive of Gigaclear, this shows the government is taking the need to future-proof the UK's digital economy seriously.

Speaking to Computer Weekly, he said: "Such a scheme provides the incentive needed to extend full-fibre rollout across the country, particularly for those providers that are already investing in bringing broadband to areas such as rural communities that are saddled with poor infrastructure and second-rate connections."

Mr Hare added that guaranteeing business rates relief for five years will also give the government time "to review the wider process of rating fibre and create a fairer mechanism of valuing different provider’s assets".

Digital Minister Matt Hancock this week stated that the government wants to create "an attractive environment for private sector providers to increase their rollout of fibre connectivity".

Furthermore, he said ministers are keen to make sure these measures are as effective as possible, which is why a consultation on the detail of the regulations is being carried out.

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