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Working from home would be encouraged by UK-wide high-speed network, says industry head.

The provision of a next generation, high-speed, fibre-to the-home network in the UK would encourage more people to work from home.

That is the argument put forward by Edd Dawson, managing director of, who makes the point that the home working is more environmentally-friendly than travelling to the office.

Mr Dawson was addressing the potential changes a faster broadband network for the UK could have on internet usage.

He said: "It would really open up working from home especially in the rural areas where employment is a real issue.

"If you get more people working from home, that's also less environmental impact and it improves quality of life."

A recent report from the Broadband Stakeholders Group estimated that a UK-wide fibre-to-the-home network could cost nearly £29 billion, compared to £5 billion for a slower, fibre-to-the-cabinet option.

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