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Climate change has the potential to damage the UK's wireless broadband networks, it has been reported.

According to Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), urgent action must be taken to protect the Wi-Fi infrastructure from extreme weather.

Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman suggested that signals from Wi-Fi networks could be disrupted by "intense rainfall or high temperatures".

She commented: "Our economy is built on effective transport and communications networks and reliable energy and water supplies.

"But the economy cannot grow if there are repeated power failures… or if intense rainfall or high temperatures disrupt Wi-Fi signals."

Ms Spelman said that £200 billion is expected to be invested in the UK's infrastructure over the next five years.

However, she suggested this will be money wasted if the facilities which support our society cannot cope with floods, droughts, or freezing winters.

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