closedownarrowlogo-verticalmenu-barsearch Skip to main content
Jump to navigation
Connection news

Fibre-optic broadband services will not only improve the quality and speed of business internet access in the UK, but they could also help lower the nation's carbon footprint.

That is according to a new article on, in which Katie Fehrenbacher argued that super-fast broadband will encourage consumers to take up more virtual goods instead of physical ones.

She claimed that there is a growing body of research indicating that digital products such as mp3s and ebooks can be produced and distributed with much less carbon dioxide than their physical equivalents.

Citing technology expert Bill St Arnaud, who claimed recently that the internet's next killer application will be "dematerilisation", Ms Fehrenbacher suggested that high-speed broadband networks can encourage greater demand for these digital products.

Subsequently, she said: "The build-out of high-speed ubiquitous broadband networks becomes a means to fight climate change and an issue at the heart of the cleantech industry."

Earlier this month, meanwhile, telecoms regulator Ofcom published a new advisory guide in order to help consumers in the event that their broadband supplier goes out of business.

Join the conversation

comments powered by Disqus

Stay up to date

  • Google+ Follow uSwitchTech
  • Subscribe to our RSS feed

Latest Comments

  • Shirley Christine Payne 21 hours ago EE broadband customers to lose... I have been with the same email address since freeserve days. I too only continued to use the services of...
  • David Gray 2 days ago Sky and Virgin Media customers... Smaller budget or indie media does perfectly well through crowd funding or paid platforms. YOU are...
  • Nick Johnson 2 days ago Sky and Virgin Media customers... It's not that the media companies "FINALLY" bothered to compete, you're ignoring the legal and...

Search news