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    Why does the Uk government not allow this?

    Why does the Uk government not fiber optics for internet connections in UK homes ?

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    Have they introduced legislation banning it?
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    Where did you hear they didn't allow it?

    Surely it's up to BT or the Cable Providers.

    For BT to lay fiber to every house replacing the current copper network would cost billions.
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    no idea.

    I just remember reading some1 on WHT saying that there are scares about cancer etc, but they never gave a reason why it might give cancer.

    I was just looking for some more details .

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    cancer... from light (which you won't even see)? Hmmm
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    Everything gives you cancer these days.

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    were you told that on april 1st by any chance?

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    Originally posted by Slidey
    were you told that on april 1st by any chance?
    most likely, hehe

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    Originally posted by Umbongo
    Everything gives you cancer these days.

    Im in Canada and have not heard anything about fiber lines so far.
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    Originally posted by Umbongo
    Everything gives you cancer these days.
    Not everything... some will give u other diseases...

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    Re: Why does the Uk government not allow this?

    Originally posted by Bazza The Greek
    Why does the Uk government not fiber optics for internet connections in UK homes ?
    Don't know about this one but it would be very nice, a lightspeed LAN! mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.....
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    It's because light moves so fast and the UK is so small and the houses are so close together that the signal would just go wizzing past and you wouldn't have enough time to catch it.

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    Fiber Optics and Cancer?? HAHA! No way...

    I'd be more worried about the electrical fields from my PC/staring at my monitor all day.

    Who knows, will there be lots of eye cancer in 30 years?

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    There was a scare a while ago about cancer and fibre optic connections which led the UK government to outlawing it.

    Its so stupid that our government try to wrap us in cotton wool, let us make our own mistakes!

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    fibre optics are used, they dont go to your house though, you will have a coaxle cable from your house to the geen junction box at the end of the street where it goes to fibre optics, and fibre optics are connected to places like colleges, hospitals, uni's, etc
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    Originally posted by stevey
    fibre optics are used, they dont go to your house though, you will have a coaxle cable from your house to the geen junction box at the end of the street where it goes to fibre optics, and fibre optics are connected to places like colleges, hospitals, uni's, etc
    Wouldn't the coaxial negate the benifits of optic fibre.

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    Maybe they think fiber optics are like a laser pointer, are they banned there too?

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    It wouldn't surprise me, we have had too many silly advisors in government over the past few years.

    Anyways.. back on subject, you'll probably find OFCOM have a lot to do with this, there's an evil side to regulator as well, whilst they done many things to help move the market forward, they have also blocked a lot of innovation. e.g. BT can't be seen to do anything that's a loss leader since that's abusing there monopoly, BT can't innovate with new products without opening them for wholesale - and again this creates added problems.

    There's also financial issues, BT could never afford to equip their exchanges, never mind the wiring from exchange to home, for last mile fibre optics. And most cable companies are no longer constructing, even for 5ft (arrgghh... damn NTL).
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    Originally posted by Vortex-Steve
    Where did you hear they didn't allow it?

    Surely it's up to BT or the Cable Providers.

    For BT to lay fiber to every house replacing the current copper network would cost billions.
    Correct, its not a question of it being "illegal"... its just not financially feesable for BT to re-lay every UK household.

    I beleive tests are taking place around the BBC studios in london, once they are complete I guess BT will have a greater idea of the cost effective solutions available.

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    Don't feel too left out though, until recently it was identical in the US. But the FCC recently relaxed the laws when studies proved otherwise. Leave it to policy-makers to find something wrong with everything .
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