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When networks go down the pipe…

While we’re on the subject of manure: “Bournemouth council offices have been connected up with fibre optic cables run through in the city’s sewers.” It’s one of those ideas that sounds really obvious, after someone has made the first move.

H2O Networks is responsible for the network, which was laid in seven days and will provide unprecedented connection speeds, without relying on BT infrastructure, though it will initially only operate as a backup network.”

But there are other plans afoot to push data through the power lines, and even via the street light network, which if you’re up for some edification, you might want to click here and then here.

The advantages here are that we’re not tearing up the roads, disrupting traffic and spending more of our tax money on needless maintenance bills:

“The use of sewers, steam tunnels, or old mole homes is great if it means more connectivity with less disruption, and as the chap from the council agreed, you can never have too much bandwidth.”

Fitting as it maybe that some of the bandwidth being used might be for less work-oriented material would be right at home in the sewers. But we can only hope that someone would have such matters in hand .. so to speak.

Over time, we might see more of this kind of thing being the rule rather than the exception. And with this unique infrastructure in place, the potential is enormous…

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By Wayne Smallman

Wayne is the man behind the Blah, Blah! Technology website, and the creator of the Under Cloud, a digital research assistant for journalists and academics.

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