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U.K. may build broadband into new homes

Builders in the United Kingdom could be forced to make all new homes broadband-friendly, by installing cable ducts and chambers into the fabric of the building, if government proposals published earlier this month become law.

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has presented the building industry with several possible changes to existing regulations. If implemented, they could help increase U.K. broadband take-up by making it much easier for people to install cables in and around their home, and the most far-reaching would cost the building industry an estimated $110 million (?70 million) per year.

ZDNet UK's Graeme Wearden reported from London. For the full story, visit ZDNet UK.