It might cost ten billion pounds to provide fibre to the end of every street in Britain. It might cost the same again to bring fibre to the home. That is clearly a considerable investment. To put it in context, the total turnover of the television industry in the United Kingdom is around ten billion pounds a year. The again, the Bank of England recently lent nearly that much to a provincial building society to prevent it going under. It seems a small price to pay for an infrastructure investment that will bring far greater economic benefits than the television and entertainment services that seem to be pre-occupying telecommunications companies. Cable is of course already well-placed to deliver high-speed data services. Having dug up half the streets in the country over the last two decades, it would be comparatively inexpensive to extend their fibre network to homes and businesses. The major American telcos are investing in deep fibre-optic networks and in some countries and cities fibre to the home is already a reality. Investment in information technology infrastructure is likely to be a defining factor in future economic competitiveness. Ofcom, the converged communications regulator in the UK, has characteristically responded by issuing a consultation. So now is the time to express your opinion on how to encourage the necessary infrastructure investment. As ever, informitv would also be interested to receive your views.