Sunday, November 28, 2010

DIY Broadband

The website for the Broadband Cumbria campaign was launched over the weekend. As I described a few weeks ago, this project essentially represents the pilot for investment in universal broadband for the UK, and leads Europe as an initiative for connecting rural communities. The most striking thing about it is, of course, that communities in the Eden Valley, Cumbria, will be connecting their broadband themselves, and that will involve some digging. As such, the project has massive resonance during this austere time in the UK.

Systems in every sector of UK society have been set up with the expectation of good broadband access, so it's important to be sure that no one is left behind. If there are entire communities who cannot get online, then this seems to me as important a problem as taking care of digital information; access, in one way or another, justifies its existence in the first place.

Please consider getting involved with the campaign - wherever you are, whatever you do, you are probably using the Internet. Imagine not having it.

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