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Village creates own superfast broadband network
digger in a garden
Ashby residents dug their own connection across their back garden

A Lincolnshire village has defied the big broadband companies and built its own fibre to the home (FTTH) network.

It means the residents of Ashby de la Launde now have an internet network delivering speeds of up to 100Mbps.

Residents brought in an external company to lay a fibre optic ring main around the village after BT said a connection was not economically viable.

Ashby made, what is believed to be, the UK's first FTTH delivery earlier this month.

Ashby's struggle highlighted the problem facing rural areas across the country.

Around 20% have no adequate broadband and according to Dr Charles Trotman, from the County Land and Business Association, it "could cost the country 60 billion pounds [a year]."

Eran Bauer has been running Civil Defence Supply from Ashby Hall since 1978.

He explained how frustrating it is running a business with an unreliable broadband system.

"We're now sending very large files all over the world," said Mr Bauer.

"We've got millions of pounds worth of software, training police and I can't join one computer to another because we just don't have the bandwidth or the connectivity."

fibre optic filaments
Fibre optic broadband is the future of communications in the UK

Fibrestream spent more than £100,000 on Ashby de la Launde's internet network.

They will get their money back by charging each house a £125 connection fee - then about £30 a month.

As Fibrestream is a community interest company any profits will go straight back to the village.

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