It’s not the damn phone lines:
Ministers have launched a £1bn auction for thousands of miles of phone lines running alongside Britain’s railways, in a move they hope will improve train services while boosting broadband speeds for millions of homes.
Private sector bidders will have the chance to upgrade 10,000 miles of cables, while also building 250 new mobile phone masts close to train lines. The investment could help the Government meet its commitments to drastically improve rural broadband and eradicate so-called 5G “notspots”.
It’s not the phone lines, it’s the rights of way. The same reason Cable and Wireless bought the London Hydraulic Power Company – so they could stick ferrets pulling cables down those pipes.