Thank you for contacting me about the Electronic Communications Code.
The Electronic Communications Code (ECC) was recently reformed as part of the Digital Economy Act 2017. These reforms were intended to reduce the costs of providing communications infrastructure and make it easier for operators to deploy such infrastructure. The new code came into force on 28 December 2017.
The Regulatory Impact Assessment published by the Government estimated that the ECC reforms could lead to a reduction in average market rents (as compared to rents agreed before reforms to the ECC). I am, however, encouraged that the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport recently ran a consultation on further legislative changes to the Electronic Communications Code. If the Government decide that changes to the Code are needed, these will be focused on supporting the UK's digital networks and ensuring the aims of the 2017 reforms are realised.
I recognise your concern with possible exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs), and the potential impact of that exposure to your health. As you might be aware, Ofcom, the UK’s independent communications regulator, regulates the use of radio frequencies by mobile networks, with Public Health England (PHE) leading on public health matters associated with radio-frequency EMFs. PHE’s main advice is that EMF levels should comply with the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection’s (ICNIRP) Guidelines. The ICNIRP is formally recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO). When measuring EMF levels from mobile base stations, Ofcom has found that they have consistently shown that EMF levels are well within the internationally agreed levels published in the INCIRP Guidelines.
Should you still have concerns, Ofcom has a page on its website explaining how to request a site survey. This can be found by searching: https://www.ofcom.org.uk/spectrum/information/mobile-operational-enquir…
Craig Whittaker MP