Homeowners blockade roads to stop 500 broadband poles being installed

Westlands Drive, Hedon, where the protest took place
Westlands Drive, Hedon, where the protest took place and the broadband poles were stopped from being installed (Image credit: Getty Images)

One Yorkshire town has blockaded roads to stop telecom workers installing 500 broadband poles in their area due to them being 'eyesores'.

The UK government has committed to rolling out fibre broadband coverage across all of the UK by 2033 and in April 2022 the law changed so that operators can erect telegraph poles without having to apply to councils for planning permission.

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