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British Farmers Growing Their Own Internet Service 178

Posted by Soulskill
from the bring-tucows-over-to-spread-e-fertilizer dept.
pigrabbitbear writes "Look outside of your window: if you see miles of farmland, chances are you have terrible internet service. That's because major telecommunications companies don't think it's worth the investment to bring high-speed broadband to sparsely populated areas. But like most businesses, farms increasingly depend on the internet to pay bills, monitor the market and communicate with partners. In the face of a sluggish connection, what's a group of farmers to do? Grow their own, naturally. That's what the people of Lancashire, England, are doing. Last year, a coalition of local farmers and others from the northwestern British county began asking local landowners if they could use their land to begin laying a brand-new community-owned high-speed network, sparing them the expense of tearing up roads. Then, armed with shovels and backhoes, the group, called Broadband for the Rural North, or B4RN (it's pronounced 'barn'), began digging the first of what will be approximately 180,000 meters of trenches and filling them with fiber-optic cable, all on its own."
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British Farmers Growing Their Own Internet Service

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  • Or... (Score:5, Funny)

    by TsuruchiBrian (2731979) on Wednesday February 27, 2013 @07:29PM (#43029253)

    You could just lobby your legislators to pass a law requiring ISPs to provide sparse areas with cheap broadband access, effectively subsidizing the internet costs of a few by raising rate on everyone else. I mean that's how government works right? Everyone lobbies their legislature for special favors until everyone has special favors and everyone is paying for everyone else's stuff in addition to providing much needed jobs for lawyers, lobbyists, politicians, regulators, etc.

    Forming a private cooperative to build their own internet infrastructure seems like a perversion of the crony capitalist system that is the foundation of western society.

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  • B4RN; (Score:1, Funny)

    by Vaxwerth (2847473) on Wednesday February 27, 2013 @07:57PM (#43029461)
    TH4T'5 'BARN' 4 TEH 1337 1LL1T3R4T3
  • by rarumberger (2708801) on Wednesday February 27, 2013 @08:03PM (#43029509)
    Well, maybe they thought someone might pronounce it "be foreign", which would cause an instant negative response from American readers?

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