As part of the government’s review of the Communications Act 2003, the Law Commission has outlined, in its Eleventh Programme of Law Reform, its plans to review the Electronic Communications Code (Code). The Code is a statutory regime governing the rights of electronic communications network providers, in relation to their rights regarding installation and maintenance of infrastructure on public and private land.  

The Law Commission will undertake a general review and will determine whether the Code remains fit for purpose. The Law Commission aims to make the Code more transparent and accessible, while also considering a timely and efficient dispute resolution process.

According to the Law Commission, a consultation paper can be expected around September 2012 and the Law Commission will then publish a report of its recommendations to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in spring 2013.