The Yorkshire village of Tunstall, Holderness, is set to get connected to BT’s superfast fibre optic broadband network, thanks to efforts from local residents and businesses.
When locals discovered that their coastal village wasn't going to be included in any fibre rollouts in the area, they sought the help of wind farm company Dong Energy - who agreed to fund installation for the village.
Currently, most Tunstall homes and businesses can only get broadband at speeds below 2Mb, but BT says fibre will bring speeds up to a superfast 80Mb.
Plus, since the network gives residents broadband access via Openreach, fibre packages may soon be available from other providers too - such as Sky, TalkTalk, and Plusnet. That's despite being in a HU postcode, usually the realm of KCOM.
Openreach spokesperson Emma Peace said: "It is great to be able to work with communities like Tunstall village to find a fibre broadband solution… Residents in all of the CFP areas will have a choice of internet service providers and be able to choose from a wide range of packages."
Tunstallers are thrilled with the news, saying they're "over the moon". As well as benefiting people at home, the rollout is also a big boon for rural businesses, including a number of local farms.
Villager Mark Ridpath explained to the Hull Daily Mail: "Farmers now need the internet for all the stuff they do, things like getting access to the latest market information, keeping equipment secure with broadband powered CCTV or for selling farm shop produce online.
"Being able to benefit from faster download speeds becomes more important as more home devices connect to the internet and so many things are accessed or delivered online."
There's no word on when the fibre network will go live - but if other similar schemes are anything to go by, it'll probably arrive by the end of the year.
Source: Hull Daily Mail