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Villagers wire up homes for web

The villagers employed contractors to dig trenches and lay the cable

Villagers in rural Lancashire have become so sick of their poor internet connection they have decided to wire up their own homes.

Armed with a fibre cable, a digger and a technician, the residents of Wray village and Wennington have managed to connect a farmhouse to broadband.

They hope to roll this out to a 100 homes at a cost of £3,000 per installation.

BT said they fell into 0.4% of people who do not have a "good" internet link.

Local resident Delia Hiscock said: "It's terrible. One minute I am checking my bank balance online, the next minute my connection has gone down and it has locked me out of my account.

More than 99% of UK homes can access broadband through their telephone exchange - that is more than can access mains gas
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"We have complained to BT but they have said we are too far out in the sticks. So we have decided to take matters into our own hands."

The main problem, she explained, was between 1630 BST and 2130 BST when children come home from school and use the internet to download music and chat to friends.

She said: "If someone nearby is using iplayer then it cuts the internet connection down by 25%, more often than not we cannot get on at all.

"When everything goes digital it will be vital to have these connections up and running."

The BT spokeswoman added: "The UK has the best broadband availability in the world thanks to BT's investment.

"More than 99% of UK homes can access broadband through their telephone exchange - that is more than can access mains gas.

"Whilst we recognise there are still some customers - fewer than 1% - who live in locations current BT broadband cannot reach, we continue to search for cost effective ways to minimise this problem."



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