Villagers lay their own broadband

A rural community that has been deprived of broadband is taking matters into its own hands. Residents living in Balquhidder, near Stirling, are aiming to dig a 22-mile trench and lay their own fibre optic cable. They claim they have been let down by commercial operators and hope to bring superfast broadband to 200 homes.

In the absence of any public or private plans to deliver a fibre-optic connection, the villagers are looking to install their own broadband, digging the cable trench a few metres at a time. The project is being led by David Johnston, a retired police officer, and Richard Harris, a scientist. Mr Harris, 59, wants volunteers to come forward to make the do-it-yourself solution into a reality.

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