Rutland sticks two fingers up at BT and installs own internet
What 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?