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Village raises 25k for broadband

Residents of a Leicestershire village have raised £25,000 to install their own high speed broadband.

People living in Lyddington, Rutland, have joined forces to hire a local telecoms company to set up the service.

The decision came after major internet providers said it was not economically viable to lay special fibre optic cables in smaller rural communities.

Business owners in the village say they need a fast service to succeed in the 21st century.

Brian Baker, who runs the 18-bedroom Marquess of Exeter pub, said a decent internet speed was crucial for his reservation system.

He said: "It is so important these days that every community has the ability to have internet access."

Rutland Telecom will begin work on installation in the summer.

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