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The introduction of smart energy metres in Britain could increase the roll-out of high-speed broadband, BT has claimed.

Following the publication of a consultation by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the telecoms group told Computer Weekly that the development could boost broadband infrastructure.

A spokesperson said BT was "considering the role broadband might play" in the proposals.

BT's representative also told the publication: "Using the existing broadband infrastructure could accelerate rollout and reduce associated costs whilst also increasing the number of homes with active broadband connections."

The group added that it will reply to the government's consultation "in due course".

BT currently has about 4.7 million subscribers to its high-speed broadband packages in the UK.

Its internet packages range from £7.78 per month for up to 8Mb download speeds and limited allowance to over £29 monthly for uncapped usage.

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