Rutland sticks two fingers up at BT and installs own internet

14 April 2010

rutlandWhat do we know about Rutland? It's small. So small is tiny ol' Rutland that the motto is Multum In Parvo which means "much in little" - most of Rutland is either villages or water.

One lot of villagers have collectively stuck two fingers up at British Telecom because, quite simply, the residents didn't feel like they were pulling enough weight. Now, the people that live in Lyddington, Rutland, are together celebrating the arrival of some half decent broadband after they set up their very own telco!

After waiting for BT to get their thumbs from up their arses, 200 (plus) households raised £37,000 for the costs of installing fully unbundled broadband connections. This has seen speeds jumping up to 25 Mbps from a measly 0.5 Mbps.

"We found that any company could do, on a smaller scale, what Carphone Warehouse has done and take over BT's network," said Dr David Lewis, managing director of Rutland Telecom. They asked Openreach, the BT spin-off that has responsibility for the UK's telephone network, to supply fibre-optic cable to a street cabinet in the village.

"For the first time in UK telecommunications history the telephone lines of customers are completely cut off from the local BT exchange," said Rutland Telecom director Mark Melluish.

Rutland Telecom is getting ready for the grand opening today. If you're thinking of popping along, be warned that the nearest public toilet is in Uppingham and adds: "We are grateful to Mr & Mrs Knapp of No. 78 Main Street for making their garden available for this event - the garden is directly behind the cabinet."

How great is that?

[BBC / The Register]

TOPICS:   Technology   Cool Stuff

17 comments

  • Jamie
    Its brilliant although Rutland isn't a town it's a county.
  • Nobby
    Mmmm ... Rutland sausages.
  • Gunn
    Hope this is just the start of it.
  • Joff
    I cycle around Rutland. Get me, I'm famous.
  • Timmo
    Fair play, well done.
  • Timmo
    WTF? IS DIS REAL?
  • PaulH
    Up yours BT...
  • Aidan
    Groan @ Timmo. That joke got old a week ago!
  • Late
    "If you’re thinking of popping along, be warned that the nearest public toilet is in Uppingham and adds: “We are grateful to Mr & Mrs Knapp of No. 78 Main Street for making their garden available for this" Wahahahaha.
  • Laurz
    excellent, BT are complaining that this could lead to a monopoly....
  • dan
    stick that up your arse BT
  • Mark H.
    What I don't get is why BT deemed this uneconomical when you would only need to make £185 profit from the 200 households to pay for it. Surely they'd make that amount in less than a year?
  • anomoose
    rutland is an great place to cycle around by the way. just saying,
  • hippy
    so are those people that raised the money for it gotta pay normal broadband charges? get capped and get spied on when downloading the latest harry potter film?
  • anon
    If you read their fair use policy the download quota is 25GB, am I the only one that thinks thats much too small with these speeds?
  • Marty P.
    “For the first time in UK telecommunications history the telephone lines of customers are completely cut off from the local BT exchange,” said Rutland Telecom director Mark Melluish. A man who has never been to Hull or heard of Kigston Communications...
  • Klingelton
    ah - the white phone boxes that stink of piss, did you know KC coined their own telephone greeting as well? "helleurh" replaced the more formal hello in Hull in 1947.

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