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Francesco Caio has believes that the roll-out of a next-generation, fibre-optic network in the UK will be conducted at a local level.

Caio recently produced a report looking into the need for public investment into a broadband network fit for the 21st century.

The chief advisor came to the conclusion that the broadband market in the UK was sufficiently healthy enough to fund the development itself.

Now Caio has told the NextGen 08 conference in Manchester that communities will end up having a say in which provider they choose to supply super-fast internet services as the UK-wide network grows area-by-area.

The BBC reported him as saying: "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."

It is estimated that a UK-wide fibre-to-the-home network could cost as much as £29 billion.

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