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While many consumers around the country are celebrating the rollout of high-speed broadband across the UK, it appears there are some exceptions.

Campaign group Civic Voice has raised objections to the installation of fibre broadband cabinets by the roadside in St Albans.

The organisation, which aims to make places in the UK more attractive, says the 1.8m tall, dark green boxes – required to deliver 40Mb fibre-to-the-cabinet broadband services - are "huge ugly things and a blight on the street scene".

Civic Voice member Vanessa Gregory told the St Albans Review that her group was not against broadband in principle, recognising its high degree of importance to businesses and consumers.

"The nation needs broadband but it does not have to be at the expense of the street environment," she claimed.

"BT Openreach and other broadband providers have responsibilities to the millions of people whose local environment is affected as well as to broadband customers."

According to, similar complaints have been made in other areas of the country in relation to the installation of roadside FTTC units. 

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