Hambleton switches on high-speed link

Hambleton residents group leader Richard Foukes, left, and chairman of Rutland Telecom Matthew Hare.
Hambleton residents group leader Richard Foukes, left, and chairman of Rutland Telecom Matthew Hare.
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VILLAGERS have invested £150,000 into broadband for their homes and businesses.

Broadband users in Hambleton helped to fund the high speed service which will be provided by Gigaclear, majority shareholder of Rutland Telecom. To mark the occasion they celebrated the connection at a reception in The Finch’s Arms in the village.

Gigaclear used its industry contacts to deliver one of the most technologically advanced fibre networks in the country to all the homes and businesses in Hambleton.

The Finches Arms hotel and restaurant has already seen an increase in bookings due to the service it now offers.

Owner Colin Crawford said: “Within the last week we have seen a significant change to our clientele.

“As soon as we started advertising the services we can now offer, we have more working executives and business people.

“They can stay here to hold their meetings and work wherever they need to in the world across our wireless network. I’ve never known anything change so fast.”

Gigaclear and Rutland Telecom already provide broadband services in Lyddington, Uppingham, Ridlington, Ayston, Glaston, Stoke Dry, Thorpe-by-Water, Stockerston, Oakham, Langham, Barleythorpe, Braunston, Burley, Brooke, Empingham, Whitwell and Essendine.