Broadband could be set to explode as new planning regulations are to be introduced that allow householders to use a wider range of antennas and satellite dishes. These devices can be used to provide a more extensive and greater range of digital and broadband services. The revised regulations should help to increase access to digital television and broadband internet, whilst at the same time continuing to protect the environment from inappropriate development.

Housing and planning minister Yvette Cooper said in a statement: "The planning system needs to adapt to take account of changing technology. People want to get access to wireless broadband services and digital and satellite TV. These changes remove some of the red tape around new technology by updating the planning rules, whilst keeping protections for the local environment."