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BBC iPlayer could be powered for 59 years on the wasted bandwidth of British Internet users

Poor in-home set ups are meaning that over half a million British homes “leak” over 100 million megabytes of bandwidth capacity every year – an amount that is more than enough to power BBC iPlayer from now until 2072.

The research conducted by Internet service provider, TalkTalk, reveals that households are losing around 4Mbps of broadband speed through easily rectifiable issues.

According to the findings, 38 per cent lose speed through poor wiring, whilst 34 per cent of homes needed their router to be reconfigured. 13 per cent needed a new broadband filter altogether, whilst 15 per cent reported other problems such as not connecting the router to the master socket.

"We see thousands of homes wasting broadband width simply because of a poor in home set up." said TalkTalk BrightSparks engineer Keith Myles. "People need to think about their broadband in the same way as other utilities such as water and electricity - it's a commodity that can go to waste if you're not careful."

The revelation comes after news that BT have closed an £8.06 million deal that will roll out high-speed broadband in rural Berkshire. It’s a move that supports the Coalition government’s push for a national programme which will aim to provide remote areas with high speed broadband.

Last month the government announced that more than 1.5 million properties in rural Britain would see themselves connected to superfast broadband within 12 months, but the scheme has already been subject to criticism from such high-ranking officials as Lord Inglewood, who believes that Government must speed up the superfast broadband rollout before it can improve it.

Offering a solution, TalkTalk today launched a new Online Service Centre that seeks to support customers seeking help with their broadband issues.

The centre will allow customers to run live checks on their broadband, phone and TV services with in-built self-diagnosis tools that allows users to troubleshoot and resolve connectivity issues themselves. The centre will also automatically inform users when they are due a free router, or if they could benefit from an engineer visit to their home.