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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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Apr 2012 @ 6:39am

    Even when they dig the trenches to install the FIOS it STILL takes over a year, more like two, for them to actually offer the FIOS to you. I know because that's how long I had to wait after Verizon finally started digging things up around here a few years ago.

    And in response to reply #3, yes, people are such idiots at believing ANYTHING government run must be bad and evil, when that's clearly not the case. Ironically the rural areas, that cry most about the evils of socialism are the ones that most frequently take in more tax dollars in the forms of new roads/bridges/entitlements/benefits then those ultra liberal big cities that keep on voting for 'socialist' candidates. They're also the ones that NEED 'socialist' governments coming in and installing phone lines and internet connections for them, because there's too few people there for a private business to think it's worth investing any money in.

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