UK Community Gives Up Waiting For High Speed Broadband: Digs Its Own Fiber Trenches

from the nicely-done dept

Providers of high speed broadband love to talk about how they're providing private networks that shouldn't be regulated at all, but they tend to ignore the fact that they usually rely on government subsidies in the form of rights of way -- the legal ability to dig the trenches (or string cables on poles) to run the key infrastructure. Now, of course, we've heard of various muni-broadband projects, but one community in the UK apparently got so fed up with waiting for a big broadband provider to bring service to their village that they not only started setting up their own system, but they literally got dozens of residents to help them start digging the 51 mile-long trench where the fiber optic cable that connects them to the wider internet will lie. Talk about taking matters into your own hands...
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    Berenerd (profile), 10 Apr 2012 @ 5:06am

    Verizon and Vermont..

    I worked for the state of Vermont in IT several years ago, back when Verizon made this big promise to make sure every town in Vermont had broadband access. In turn, verizon got some nice contracts from the state and a big huge subsidy to cover the cost of running the cables. Adelphia/Comcast/Xfinity also was apart of that deal. Adelphia went bankrupt because the owners used the company's mony to buy themselves nice things, I wont even talk about Comcast. Verizon, after passing the time limit and the 4 extensions sold all of their wired holdings in VT to Fairpoint who already had gone bankrupt once and from what I hear their service is horrible and they have not even updated their network let alone expand it anywhere. Now what happened to those subsidies? I am sure some exec got a nice little cottage some where.

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