High-speed broadband will run through water pipes in an area of South Yorkshire as part of the government’s plans to get people better internet access sooner, it has been announced.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s proposals will see fiber optic cables rolled out over 11 miles of drinking water mains between Barnsley and Penistone, reaching up to 8,500 homes and businesses as part of a trial of technology.
The program aims to speed up the process of rolling out faster broadband without having to dig roads or carry out other work that can cause disruption, and will also see the use of fiber sensors to help the industry water to detect leaks in the system.
This ground-breaking project is an exciting example of the bold steps this government is taking to provide communities with the best digital connectivity.
The government said the trial would last up to two years and, if successful, could be used more widely from 2024.
“Digging roads and land is one of the biggest barriers to deploying faster broadband, so we’re exploring how we can use the existing water network to accelerate deployment and help detect and minimize disruptions. water leaks,” said Julia Lopez, Minister of Digital Infrastructure. mentioned.
“We are committed to connecting homes and businesses across the country to better broadband and this cutting-edge project is an exciting example of the bold steps this government is taking to equip communities with the best digital connectivity.