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British villages band together to get online — fast

By Lee Mannion  /  Thomson Reuters Foundation, LONDON

However, landowners are more likely to agree to access for smaller providers that can demonstrate they will serve the community, said Antony Townsend, one of the founders of Broadband for Surrey Hills.

He and other cofounders have raised an initial £100,000 and hope to start connecting households in rural parts of southern England in November.

Among those already interested in the service are local authorities who see it as a way of boosting rural business — and parents with teenage children.

“Dad gets home from work and wants to write a few e-mails, but can’t get online because his kids are watching whatever it is,” Townsend said.

“Fifty megabits per second might have been adequate a few years ago, but it ain’t adequate now. The direction of travel is irreversible,” he added.

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