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Policy Positions & Responses to Consultations

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In this section, you will find MOA's positions on a range of public policy issues that affect our industry, including our submissions to consultation papers from the government departments in the UK, including the devolved institutions in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

MOA Consultation Responses: 2014

 In July 2014, we responded to the consultation on Digital Communications Infrastructure Strategy.

 Digital Communications Infrastructure Strategy 

MOA Consultation Responses: 2013

In January 2013, we responded to the consultation on Priorities for Change in Scottish Planning Policy.

SPP Priorities for Change - MOA 11-01-13.pdf


MOA Consultation Responses: 2012

In June 2012, we responded to the Scottish Government Consultations on Development Delivery, Miscellaneous Amendments to the Planning System, and Fees for Planning Applications.




MOA Submission to the Scottish Parliament Public Petitions Committee

In April 2012, we provided evidence to the Scottish Parliament's Public Petitions Committee regarding the siting of mobile phone base stations.


MOA Response to Neighbourhood Planning Regulations:

We have responded to the Government's consultation on the new Neighbourhood Planning Regulations. You can read our views on neighbourhood planning here: 



We have responded to the Government's Stakeholder Consultation on the Mobile Infrastructure Project.


MOA Consultation Responses: 2011

MOA Response to National Planning Policy consultation
The Mobile Operators Association has responded to the Government's consultation on the draft National Planning Policy Framework. You can read our response here:

MOA responds to Lane Rental Consulation
The Mobile Operators Association has responded to the Department for Transport's consultation on Lane Rental. You can read our response here.

MOA Consultation Responses: 2010


MOA Consultation Responses: 2009


61% of UK adults access the internet from mobiles

Mobile phones cannot work without a network of base stations (masts). There are approximately 52,500 base station sites (excluding microcells) in the UK. Only a third of these are large, free standing masts. A YouGov survey for MOA (Sept 2014) showed that nearly 8 out of 10 people recognise the link between masts and good mobile coverage. Mobile telecommunications are vital for the UK’s economic competitiveness and in promoting social inclusion. There are now 89.9 million mobile subscriptions in the UK. In Q1 2015 61 per cent of UK adults used their mobile phones for internet access. Tablet ownership is 54% of UK households.

No Established Health Effects

Mobile phones operate by using radio waves, similar to those that have been widely used for decades, for example in radio, TV and radar signals. A large number of studies over the last two decades have found no clear evidence of adverse health effects from the use of mobile phones or from phone masts.