I wanted to bring everyone’s attention to a case study that I have recently written about how the rural village of Wray, in northern Lancashire, came together to get broadband access for the community. Internet access has become crucial to how our societies function – it forms an integral part of how we do business, interact, and gather information. Those without internet access are put at a disadvantage. Here’s a great fact I saw yesterday that highlights how important the internet has become – 1 in 4 Brits said that losing their internet connection would be worse than losing their water supply!!!
Moreover, since the invention of broadband technology, the quality of an internet connection has become a new dividing line! One of the issues with broadband is that connection speeds dissipate to negligible levels for houses that are 4 miles plus from the nearest telephone exchange. This is an obvious problem for rural areas and was exactly the problem facing Wray.
In response to this problem the village came together and worked with Lancaster University to create a community broadband network in which the connection could be spread over a much greater distance. This has meant that the percentage of the village using the internet has risen from 10% when the village began its campaign to usage levels of 90% now. Furthermore the communities’ efforts were so successful that they were able to create a second network in the nearby village of Wennington on a commercial basis.
Click here to read the full case study on how villages can claw their way into the 21st century.
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