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The current financial constraints which many broadband providers are under could hand an opportunity to local-based fibre-optic networks.

That is the view of IT news provider Computing.co.uk, which has highlighted the findings of the Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG).

The theory goes that such is the cost of a UK-wide fibre-to-the-home network - estimated at £28.8 billion - that a huge amount of private sector investment is not likely anytime soon.

According to Computing.co.uk: "Given the wider economic crisis, there has to be a question mark over the plans to put the UK at the forefront of high-speed communications.

"This presents an opportunity for smaller-scale initiatives for local fibre networks, a model pursued with some success on the continent."

The BSG's report - The Costs of Deploying Fibre-Based Next Generation Broadband – found that a fibre-to-the-cabinet solution would cost over £20 billion less at £5.1 billion.

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