Ed Vaizey to host broadband roundtable on fibre rates
Ed Vaizey, the Communications minister, is to hold an industry roundtable before the end of the year to discuss the new rating guidelines for fibre that have were published by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) in August.
The Conservative party stated they would review the rating system in relation to encouraging investment in next-generation networks, a plan that was partly scuppered when the VOA released their updated rates which failed to make fibre more economical or settle the inequality between BT and smaller network operators with regards fibre rates when deploying networks.
The roundtable is expected to see both broadband industry stakeholders and the Valuation Office Agency present allowing each to put across their views on the fibre tax.
The VOA are also expected to publish guidelines that would help investors see the potential returns on deploying fibre networks. During a meeting with Ed Vaizey, the VOA said they were "under a statutory duty to consider the effect of the evidence put to them" and therefore suggested it would be helpful to get the industry submit relevant information to them.