Edel Hartog, Senior Associate, McCann FitzGerald

  • Edel is a Senior Associate in McCann FitzGerald’s Corporate Group. She specialises in telecoms, energy, water, public procurement and commercial law. She has over 11 years’ experience advising both public and private sector organisations on their regulatory compliance obligations and commercial contracting arrangements (including PPP, joint venture, procurement, co-development and infrastructure contracts). Edel has also worked as telecoms legal counsel with the New Zealand Commerce Commission (NZ telecommunications regulator).

    Edel has advised on a number of significant Irish and international broadband projects and has lectured and written on the subject of the new broadband rules and their effect for the construction industry and others.

    Presentation Title:

    New broadband-related rules for the construction industry in 2016


    • New broadband-related rules affecting the construction industry are expected to take effect from c. July 2016
    • The new rules arise from an EU Directive (2014/61/EU) – Irish legislation is awaited
    • The new rules will affect the construction industry in a number of ways, including:
      • newly constructed and renovated buildings post-2016 must be broadband-ready (subject to available exceptions);
      • communications access points in buildings and associated infrastructure must be accessible to broadband providers; and
      • existing planning processes for civil works in connection with the roll-out of broadband are expected to be harmonised nationally.



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