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Campaign group wants fibre broadband network for rural residents

Alun Hawkins and Ben Haines promote FibreLincs, their scheme to bring fibre broadband to rural villages around Stamford and Bourne EMN-141103-170228001

Alun Hawkins and Ben Haines promote FibreLincs, their scheme to bring fibre broadband to rural villages around Stamford and Bourne EMN-141103-170228001

 

A group of rural residents have formed a community campaign group to bring high-speed broadband to homes and businesses.

FibreLincs aims to build its own fibre broadband network to improve internet speeds for villages in the Stamford and Bourne area.

The group was set up by Ben Haines,who quickly became frustrated by the lack of fibre broadband after moving to Bourne Road, Carlby, from London.

They will host a public meeting at Carlby Village Hall from 8pm on Thursday to explain the venture and look for volunteers.

IT worker Mr Haines, 33, said: “Internet connectivity is now considered by many to be the fourth utility. What this means is that we have come to expect every household to be able to access water, gas or oil, electricity and now the internet. However, as many readers in and around Stamford will know, although water, oil or gas and electricity are readily available, high-speed broadband often isn’t.

“As the fourth utility, broadband speeds have started to affect the desirability and values of our properties and communities. It has become an important part of our daily lives, impacting our ability to run a business or work from home, stream BBC iPlayer episodes and if a recent NFU Mutual survey is to be believed, even educate our children.”

Mr Haines added: “With the support of local residents and run as a co-operative by the community, FibreLincs proposes to take matters into their own hands and build their own high-speed all-fibre network.”

Mr Haines said; “The project is definitely ambitious, but the people behind FibreLincs feel it is the only way of ensuring their communities aren’t left behind and have the Internet connectivity necessary for the future.”

Ahead of the meeting people can visit www.fibrelincs.org.uk or e-mail info@fibrelincs.org.uk

 

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