Fyson on... the need to make microtechnology a domestic issue

Older readers will remember the H-shaped television aerials on tall poles that spread across the UK in the 1950s. There was a row about disfigurement of the environment but the country learnt to live with the aluminium masts, which often had to be stabilised with guy wires, as permitted development. As broadcast signals became stronger, aerials shrank to the less intrusive antennae of today. Dish receivers remain a potential problem, but most can be sited away from sensitive facades and are a familiar and largely accepted feature of the urban scene.

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