Mayor of London announces plans to boost digital connectivity

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced a package of measures to boost digital connectivity across London and tackle its areas of poor connectivity – ‘not-spots’ – including the appointment of a troubleshooting ‘Not Spot Team’.

Khan also announced a City Hall summit to bring together local authorities and help them apply for government funding.

The Mayor made a manifesto commitment to help improve connectivity in London by tackling areas of poor internet provision and ensuring better access to public sector property for digital infrastructure.

His new Not-Spot Team will be going out to London’s most problematic connectivity spots, to work with local authorities and providers to identify and deliver solutions to improve connectivity.

The City Hall summit – the Digital Connectivity Funding Forum – will bring together London’s local authorities to support them in applying for the Government’s Digital Infrastructure Funding, discussing the work of the Not-Spot Team and sharing ideas and best practice on connectivity.

The Mayor is writing to all local authorities in the capital to encourage all boroughs to bid for the Government’s Digital Infrastructure Funding and giving guidance on how best to use access arrangements, known as 'wayleaves', to get more fibre in the ground and into buildings. These legal agreements are used to grant access to land or buildings for providers to deploy and manage digital infrastructure.

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