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Rural Residents Could Miss Next-Gen Broadband Train
By: MarkJ - 03 December, 2007 (8:52 AM)

The debate surrounding next generation broadband networks (NGN's) is only just hotting up but it's still easy to forget about rural areas, some of which continue to experience difficulty getting existing broadband technology.

Residents of the Calder Valley, which is close to Bradford but apparently not close enough, have called a meeting to discuss this very problem on Wednesday:

The UK Government said this week that significantly faster broadband is crucial to the UK's economic growth, and yet once again the Upper Calder Valley is in danger of being left behind.

Whilst large towns, cities and suburbs will soon benefit from broadband speeds of 50 - 100 Mbps, enabling applications like Internet Television, Video-On-Demand and almost free telephony, rural areas like ours will have to wait many years. But we've been here before, and responded with our our own community broadband co-operative.

A Public Meeting is being held at the Good Shepherd Church Hall, Mytholmroyd, on Wednesday 5th December, 8pm. It's purpose is to set out the current situation and to discuss possible ways forward to ensure that our area does not get left behind in these developments.

There's no harm in getting the ball rolling early, although in this case the government and wider industry has yet to even agree a way forward so we don't hold out much hope for the Calder Valley.

Having said that, the problem they are to discuss will ultimately become one for many more of the UKs most isolated areas, especially if BT adopts a similar strategy to its ADSL rollout where the technology was initially only installed where it made economic sense.

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