Fibre-optic broadband network planned for rural areas

Tuesday, May 25th 2010
"Commercially viable" high-speed FTTH broadband roll-out to rural areas has been announced.
Fibre-optic broadband network planned for rural areas
Fibre-optic broadband specialists i3 Group have announced plans to bring superfast fibre-to-the home (FTTH) technology to rural areas.

The company plans to extend its Fibrecity project into regions that have so far lacked high-speed broadband access, according to ISPreview.

The announcement comes after the government recently pledged to use public money, perhaps from the BBC licence fee, to fund expansion into remote parts of the country, which was backed by the Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA).

Elfred Thomas, chief executive officer of i3 Group, has been encouraged by the government's plans to bring superfast broadband into areas that currently lack provision.

"Rural broadband access has long been recognised as the challenge. It is here that we believe the public purse should be used," he told the website.

"i3 Group is also currently developing a commercially viable model to roll out to these areas with limited access."

Roger Webster, managing director of fibre-optic specialists Webro Cables and Connectors, believes that the UK needs to invest much more in fibre-optic broadband.

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