By: MarkJ - 14 August, 2010 (6:22 AM)
fibrestream ukFibrestream (NextGenUs), a community network specialist in UK Next Generation Access (NGA) internet services, has finally commenced the rollout of its privately funded and community owned "super-fast" 100Mbps fibre optic ( FTTH ) broadband network in the rural village of Ashby de la Launde (Lincolnshire).

Regular readers will recall that we first revealed the planning stages for this project at the start of June (here). Since then the preliminary ground work has been completed, leaving homes and businesses left with the task of digging their own connections.

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Nearly 60 homes and three businesses have already started on-site digging, which will allow them to connect into the new fibre network that is being installed around the village. Most importantly this work does not involve using even one penny of Taxpayers Money to deliver.

Guy Jarvis, Chief Executive of NextGenUs UK CIC, said:

"NextGenUs UK CIC is a founder member and supporter of a campaign (www.finalthirdfirst.org) to encourage government to improve the delivery of broadband services to rural areas. We see the benefits of high speed internet in every aspect of our modern lives and it has arguably become the fourth utility. Unlike urban areas which represent a commercially viable investment to large telecommunications companies, the rural communities in ‘NotSpot’ and ‘Slowspot’ areas with fewer subscribers won’t receive the same level of investment."

Paul Thompson, Managing Director of AFL Telecommunications Ltd (project partner), added:

"Ashby de la Launde is one of many rural communities classified in the ‘Final Third’ of the UK looking at an uncertain timescale for national roll-outs of high speed Internet. AFL and NextGenUs are enabling rural communities to take matters into their own hands to install the networks they need."

Now that the project has commenced, expectations are that it will be complete by the end of September 2010. Both NextGenUs UK and AFL plan to continue working together in support of other rural communities looking to benefit from fibre optic networks. It's clear from this that when communities become fully engaged and active in a project, costs can be minimised.
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