UK village launches its own broadband

14 Apr 2010

The village of Lyddington has launched its own network offering 200 homes super-fast broadband it says BT could not deliver.

Rutland Telecom will offer Lyddington residents, who raised £37,000 to set up the network, speeds of up to 40Mbps.

Other telecom companies had reportedly said it was not economical to provide fast services to the village.

Estimates place about 2.5 million homes in the UK as unable to obtain broadband speeds of more than 2Mbps. The issue of rural areas accessing fast broadband has returned to the spotlight as the government has put its funding plans on hold.

Lyddington residents who had enough of slow broadband and a local ICT company that was reselling BT’s broadband worked on the Rutland Telecom scheme.