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Northamptonshire Gains Broadband
By: MarkJ - 27 November, 2003 (2:41 PM)

Several Northamptonshire villages (Middleton Cheney, Byfield and neighbours) look set to benefit after community pressure on the East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA) helped bring broadband into the area:

A Midlands telecoms firm, Pipemedia Ltd, was then approached to enable the BT exchange to provide the service.

Tim Boswell, MP for Daventry and the South Northamptonshire District, said: "This initiative is one of the first in the UK where a rural community has worked so closely with a sub-regional development agency and a supplier to deliver broadband in this way.

It's a major triumph for Northamptonshire and a model that will inevitably be replicated across the rest of the country.

The BBC News Online item estimates that roughly 7,000 residents will, from today, be covered.

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