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A Conservative MP is calling for unemployed people in the UK to be given work building the UK's super-fast broadband network.

Writing for the Times, David Davis said that with large numbers of people currently unemployed, a workforce could be developed which would enable the urgently-needed network to be built quickly.

"Building a superfast rural broadband network is largely low-skill – digging trenches, laying pipes, filling them in. Only a small fraction of the cost is in high-tech materials. Why not use the 2.4 million people who are either jobless or on welfare to build this infrastructure?" he wrote.

However, Mr Davis' proposals have attracted criticism from commentators, with Telecom TV saying it would be akin to "indentured labour".

BT also questioned the idea, with a spokesperson telling Register that building a super-fast broadband network is a complex process which requires highly-skilled staff.

It was recently reported that BT had recruited a number of ex-army personnel to help with its fibre-optic broadband rollout.  

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