Birmingham could have superfast broadband by 2012, under plans proposed by Digital Birmingham.
The initiative through Birmingham City Council would see download speeds of 100Mbps.
Raj Mack, Digital Birmingham, says the current infrastructure will not sustain the needs of communities in the future.
Not only will businesses demand superfast broadband, but it could give an aging population access to essential services.
"The digital infrastructure and digital economy is becoming quite prominent," said Raj. "This is an opportunity, not just to look at a small area, but really looking at how we can expand this [superfast broadband] across Birmingham working with our partners."
Essential elderly service
Raj continued: "We see an elderly population that's growing in Birmingham - we know we don't have the resources to have regular visits to these people as much as we would like, we need to think of alternative ways of how people can manage their own services in the home.
"To access services like Telecare and eHealth, they need to have an infrastructure in their home that's reliable and resilient - so they can have the confidence that any information being transferred won't be lost because the system's failed.
"Unfortunately we'd like to say Birmingham is at the forefront of this, but we're not. Places like South Korea, Amsterdam and Barcelona they've all created areas where they're experimenting with huge amounts of speeds."
Leading the way
However, the speeds Digital Birmingham are hoping to achieve aren't only being used abroad, the Custard Factory in Digbeth installed 100Mbps technology four years ago.
Speaking in early October at the opening of Zellig (a new complex at the Custard Factory), owner Bennie Gray said it had made a huge difference.
"It has proved conclusively just how vital and important it is to have that kind of access to the internet, not just for private reasons but for business and enterprise reasons as well.
"It's a pity we didn't do it in 2005, but I do understand that when you're launching capital projects there are many hoops that have to be jumped through."
Digital Birmingham is currently putting together a business plan and hopes to tender for a partner for the project as soon as 2011.
The central focus of the project would be on Eastside due to its high concentration of creative industries. Digital Birmingham's hope is that the infrastructure could begin to be delivered in 2012.
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