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People stuck paying for subscription services they did not realise they had signed up to

Gloria Hunniford, Julia Somerville and Angela Rippon meet the people who say they have been forking out thousands for subscription services that they did not realise they had signed up to…. Read More


BT warns of growing Cellnex influence

BT Group warned the potential for Cellnex to increase its stronghold over the UK market could damage competition, lead to higher prices and impact services… Read More


Changes to the Electronic Communications Code – Law Society response

The Electronic Communications Code regulates the rights of telecommunications operators to install and maintain their apparatus on… Read More


£5,500 rent slashed to £3.50 – fury over phone masts deals

Farmers are accusing telecoms companies of abusing a code of practice to force down rents paid to Welsh landowners to site mobile phone masts on their land… Read More


The unstoppable march of the masts

Most of us want it both ways. We are keen, often desperate, to get improved mobile coverage. At the same time, we don’t want our precious landscapes scarred by ugly and alien structures. Reconciling the two will always be tricky. However, a little-known piece of legislation called the Electronic Communications Code (EC code) tips the balance… Read More


Landowners fight back over phone masts after 90pc rent cuts

Landowners are launching a campaign against phone firms after being forced to accept rent cuts of 90pc or more for mobile masts on their properties.

The Protect & Connect lobby group is seeking to reform a 2017 law which slashed the amount landlords are paid in a bid to make it cheaper for phone firms to set masts up, with the aim of improving patchy signal in rural areas.

At least 25,000 small site owners have been stung by the cuts including cricket clubs, churches and farmers, campaigners said…Read More


The Good, the Bad and Disclosure – Arqiva Services Ltd v AP Wireless II (UK) Ltd

A new decision has been made by the Upper Tribunal (“UT”) relating to the Electronic Communications Code (“Code”) dealing with two preliminary issues. Those issues were:… Read More


EE to pay Dunley pensioner £300 – not £4,500 – for mast in garden

A PENSIONER has reluctantly signed a deal with EE to have a permanent 20-metre-high phone mast in his back garden… Read More


Mast warning issued to British farmers ahead of 5G network rollout

Rollout of 5G could accelerate telecoms operators looking to use land without paying farmers and landowners the prices they may have received in the past… Read More


Telecom Giants Push For 5G But At What Cost To Farmers?

The UK Government’s push to increase mobile phone coverage across Wales has hidden, and potentially expensive, side effects for farmers, according Farmers’ Union of Wales… Read More


First judgment out on value under Electronic Communications Code

The Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) has issued a long-awaited decision on the meaning and effect of the consideration and compensation provisions in the 2017 Electronic Communications Code… Read More