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Communications Act 2003

Schedule 3: Amendments of Schedule 2 to the Telecommunications Act 1984

888.This Schedule (together with sections 106 to 119) amends the telecommunications code (set out in Schedule 2 to the Telecommunications Act 1984) in order to translate it into a code applicable to apparatus used in electronic communications networks and services. It will become known as the ‘electronic communications code’. The electronic communications code is designed to facilitate the installation and maintenance of electronic communications networks. It confers rights on operators to install and maintain apparatus in, over or under land and results in considerably simplified planning procedures, similar to those given to other utilities. The only substantive changes are to enable the application of the electronic communications code to persons who provide systems of conduits that are to be used for the provision of an electronic communications network, but who do not actually provide an electronic communications network themselves; and to allow apparatus to be shared without either of the sharers being in breach of their obligations under the code because of what the other is allowed to do. The other change is the addition of paragraph 29 to the code, which encourages the sharing of apparatus.

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