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More talk on next Generation Broadband for the UK

26th November 2007

More discussion has taken place with how the UK will address the issue of Next Generation Broadband and installing Fibre to the Home

Last week saw a meeting of the Westminster eForum which is designed to allow politicians, senior policy advisors, regulators and other decision makers can discuss critical issues and share ideas on internet and e-commerce issues.
The latest meeting brought up the issue of next generation broadband.

The cost of installing FTTH (Fibre To The Home) could cost around the 15bn mark although with the life of the fibre at possibly 50 years the cost over this length of time does not seem too bad.
A comparison that was brought up was that of the South East-centric Crossrail project which is an infrastructure investment that will link East & West London is going to cost around 16bn so in comparison providing the whole of the UK with fibre broadband at a similar price does not appear to bad!

This meeting was a bit of a warm up for another meeting that is taking place today when the Department for Business, Employment and Regulatory Reform host a meeting that is also aimed at figuring out the future for investment in next generation broadband for the UK.

Author: Mark Ward
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