Broadband in sewers explored
The internet could be beamed through the UK's sewers in a bid to help UK homes get connected to super-fast broadband.
Ofcom, the telecoms regulator, has launched a review into the best way of replacing existing networks of copper wires with fibre optic cabling, which supports speeds of up to 100Mb.
One suggestion has been to use pipes already in the ground, such as those carrying electricity and water.
Super-fast broadband would be able to deal with multiple high-definition video streams and make downloading music almost instant.
Ofcom says it is planning new regulations to ensure equal competition and common standards.
A spokeswoman for Ofcom said: "We want as much investment in fibre as possible as it is obviously the future for communications infrastructure. This is the purpose of these regulations, to help make fibre the standard."
Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards added: "Super-fast broadband — next-generation access and networks — is crucial to the UK's future. These networks form part of the critical infrastructure of the country's economy."
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