The UK government has launched another review into the UK's communications infrastructure in a bid to see how the roll-out of fibre to the premises could be supported.
Led by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DDCMS), the Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review will also investigate the UK's upcoming 5G roll-out.
The government wants to find out what makes these technologies attractive and develop strategies to promote the "right conditions" to "achieve widespread coverage", according to the DDCMS.
Many in the industry believe that, sooner or later, the UK will need to offer FTTP technology across the country. However, this won't be a cheap undertaking.
There is, after all, the cost and operational challenging around running fibre across poles: fibre isn't as flexible as copper, and it's more expensive to bury the stuff in the ground.
But the government remains adamant that this ongoing strategy can help the UK develop more competitive internet speeds, which would also help raise productivity and provide economic opportunities across the country.
This scheme will also establish the conditions needed for connectivity that happens to be "ultrafast, reliable, long-lasting and widely available to UK homes and businesses".
It will also be mindful of the areas that the UK can actually support fibre. The latter could have implications for "the level and makeup of investment". A report will be published in summer 2018.
Matt Hancock, minister of state for digital, said: "Government has already committed more than £1bn to supporting a business case for investment in full fibre and 5G networks through investment programmes and initiatives like our 'Barrier Busting Task Force'.
"We'd like to build on what has been achieved so far, by removing future barriers before they arise, and ensuring that market and policy conditions are as good as they can be to maximise investment in new technologies."
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