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The setting-up of a new fibre-optic broadband network in the north of Somerset could show the way to other areas with high-speed connection plans.

Cabling could be installed in sewer systems in the county, making the installation simpler for those involved in the process.

Under plans which have been put forward, schools in the area would be connected with Weston College, an important learning institution.

A cost of £763,654 was estimated by the council for the linking several secondary and primary schools with the college.

It was suggested by councillor Jeremy Blatchford that the sewer systems be used for the laying of cables.

The news has parallels with the recommendations of the government-commissioned Caio Review, which, according to Comms Express, also pointed out that sewers - in this case London's Victorian system - could be used to accommodate broadband cabling.

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