Sewer-bots bring us broadband

As one increasingly-popular solution to the “last mile” problem in major urban areas, $750,000 robots are laying fiber in the sewers in cities all over the world. Seems almost poetic, considering all of the crap that goes out over the internet. | USA Today story |New York Times story (free registration required) | Standardization News story on sewer-bot standards | Japan Sewer Optical Fiber Technological Association (JSOFTA) whitepaper