Super-fast broadband, bit by bit

The network that powers the next generation of broadband is going to be radically different from the one we currently have.That is the view of Francesco Caio, one of the government’s chief advisers on so-called next generation access and author of a major report into how the UK should roll out super-fast broadband.He told delegates at the NextGen 08 conference in Manchester that the future would be a “patchwork” of community-based networks.The challenge, he said, was to make sure that these networks all worked together.”Building a network has traditionally been associated with big companies but there is going to be a major shift to local communities being the owners of their own networks and picking the service providers they want to go on it,” he said.To read this BBC News story in full, see news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7711716.stm.

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