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Our Head of Wayleave Georgina Rudak recently chaired a virtual discussion for Connected Britain on the much-debated topic – ‘Developing a wayleave process for a full fibre Britain’. One of the panellists – Davina Fell, digital infrastructure programme manager for Southwark Council – was so impressive, that we invited her to be Trenches Law’s next guest blogger.
It’s fair to say that the wayleave process is far from straightforward. In fact, it’s one of the most multi-layered and convoluted legal journeys that firms are required to navigate. However essential telecoms cables may be, the digging up of roads to enable this to happen requires a lengthy process, and one that, in 2020, should surely be simpler.
The roll out of full fibre and gigabit digital networks is a massively hot topic, not just in the world of telecoms, but the business community overall. And with big numbers constantly hitting the headlines – from a £5bn Government investment to the creation of 1.2 million jobs – the cost vs gain of these next-generation network builds perhaps deserves greater attention. Sharon McDermott, an experienced telecoms lawyer from Trenches Law, offers her thoughts…
As the industry reacts to the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic, operators throughout the channel are being forced to make unprecedented decisions daily. Sharon McDermott – a legal professional with 30 years’ telecoms experience and founder of Trenches Law – recently spoke exclusively to Technology Reseller, observing the impact that different responses could have on resellers, when we hopefully emerge on the other side of this health crisis.
The current health crisis means that organisations from all walks of business life have had to define and adapt to a ‘new normal’, and things are no different in the telecoms sector. But what impact has COVID-19 had on the progress of network builds and, more specifically, what does this all mean when it comes to obtaining wayleave consent? Our Head of Wayleave, Georgina Rudak, offers her thoughts…