Use of potable water pipes for the routing of broadband cable
Water UK considers that water companies should not allow the introduction of broadband fibre optic cabling into potable water systems, either in the water mains in the highway or in the service pipes connecting mains to properties.
This position paper outlines some of the risks involved and is intended for use by company professionals in discussion with potential broadband service providers.
The European Commission launched a proposed Regulation on measures to reduce the cost of deploying high speed electronic communication infrastructure (high speed broadband) on 26 March 2013. The draft regulation calls for ducts and other infrastructure to be shared with telecommunications companies on fair and reasonable terms. Water, waste water, electricity or gas companies will be mandated to provide details of their infrastructure, including underground pipes, sewers and ducts, with telecom firms to cut their cost of creating high-speed broadband networks.