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Opinion: Super fast broadband via the sewers is fine, but ISPs need incentives to improve - Tech Digest
Ofcom has decided to conduct a survey of Britain's pipework to test its suitability for carrying fibre-optic cabling for use in high speed broadband networks. Bournemouth Council has already tested broadband via the sewers, so it's possible, but the main problem is that most ISPs don't have a real incentive to roll out faster services. Two issues -- the growing use of mobile Internet, and Internet users' skyrocketing demand for Video on Demand and other bandwidth-intensive multimedia -- were never envisaged when the Internet was born.