Tuesday, 25 July 2017

If you want broadband done right, do it yourself

By Nick Wood, Total Telecom
Friday 19 June 15

Self-appointed FTTH champions across the U.K. are leading grassroots campaigns to connect rural communities to ultra-fast broadband.

Rolling out fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) to rural areas is expensive and difficult for a telco, so we're told, which is why folks living in the sticks have to make do instead with cheaper alternatives like fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC), ADSL, or two tin cans and a length of string. "Rural broadband is not economical and can't be done? Rubbish! You just have to do it differently," declared Barry Forde, CEO of Broadband for the Rural North (B4RN), a community-led project that has built a gigabit FTTH network in rural Lancashire in northwest England. Last week, Forde was awarded an MBE in the Queen's birthday honours list for services to superfast broadband in rural communities. This week…

Rolling out fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) to rural areas is expensive and difficult for a telco, so we're told, which is why folks living in the sticks have to make do instead with cheaper alternatives like fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC), ADSL, or two tin cans and a length of string. "Rural broadband is not economical and can't be done? Rubbish! You just have to do it differently," declared Barry Forde, CEO of Broadband for the Rural North (B4RN), a community-led project that has built a gigabit FTTH network in rural Lancashire in northwest England. Last week, Forde was awarded an MBE in the Queen's birthday honours list for services to superfast broadband in rural communities. This week…

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