Morning, Tuesday, 28th April 2020
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This conference will consider the way forward for developing and investing in fibre network infrastructure in the UK.
Areas for discussion include:
- competition and investment in network rollout;
- achieving widespread coverage and rolling out infrastructure in rural areas;
- the government’s legislative programme and public funding;
- planning frameworks, access rights, construction and development; and
- the role of digital infrastructure to the uk’s wider economic performance.
It takes place in the context of:
- The recently-opened consultation on Ofcom’s Wholesale Fixed Telecoms Market Review for 2021-26;
- New legislation aiming to speed up implementation of gigabit capable broadband announced in the Queen’s Speech, following government’s earlier £5bn spending commitments;
- The announcement by Openreach that it will be extending its build programme for fibre networks to include a further 250,000 homes and businesses in rural areas;
- The Shared Rural Network, supported by £510m of government funding;
- The announcement in the Budget of the latest areas to be awarded funding under the Local Full Fibre Networks Challenge Fund: North of Tyne, South Wales, Tay Cities, Pembrokeshire, Plymouth, Essex and Hertfordshire, and the East Riding of Yorkshire; and
- The National Infrastructure Strategy, expected to be published later this year.
There will be keynote contributions from:
- David Clarkson, Group Director, Competition, Ofcom;
- Colin Cook, Director, Digital, The Scottish Government; and
- Andy Green, Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission.
Further speakers include: Alex Blowers, CityFibre; Catherine Colloms, Openreach; Laura Holdgate, Which?I; Matthew Howett, Assembly and David Rodman, Virgin Media.
The chairs for this conference are: David Duguid MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Broadband and Digital Communication; and Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science & Innovation.
The agenda and keynote contributions
- Competition and regulation in future network rollout - key aims of the Market Review;
- The quality of digital infrastructure and future UK economic performance;
- Developing fibre and gigabit-capable networks in the UK - incentivising investment, infrastructure access and achieving greater competition;
- Addressing the challenges of achieving widespread high-speed network coverage - latest thinking from Scotland;
- The way forward for addressing consumer priorities in broadband infrastructure - pricing, reliability and widening coverage; and
- The Government’s key priorities for the UK’s digital infrastructure - investment, coverage obligations and new legislation.
Engagement with policy officials at this conference
This Westminster eForum conference has attracted particularly strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: BDUK; DCMS; BEIS; the Cabinet Office; Ofcom; the Crown Commercial Service; the Geospatial Commission; the National Audit Office; the National Crime Agency; the Valuation Office Agency; the Department for International Trade; The Scottish Government and the Welsh Government.