Getting your first business location or moving an established business is difficult. First, finding and getting the space. Then fit out. And if that wasn't enough, getting the communications in place can take even longer. With different documents from the providers, different landlord policies, and lawyers all with their own ideas, as well as rumours in the market of one prominent landlord refusing to deal on the terms of one equally prominent communications provider (!) you can be forced to open based only on your ability to get a 3G signal on your mobile. 

With this in mind, various people have been working on getting in place standard protocols and documents. The Land Law Committee of the City of London Law Society led the drafting process. Now the City of London Corporation have announced that these are ready, and are supported by the industry, London Councils and others. You can find them here -

and there is nothing to prevent them being used generally across England and Wales. In many areas of property law, we are moving towards standardising - perhaps other infrastructure could be next?