Extending broadband solutions
to the rural areas of many countries has proved challenging, including the expansion of services in the UK. While no one wants to deliberately isolate communities or deny them proper Internet access, it’s all a numbers game. The fewer inhabitants, the more expensive broadband solutions services will be, and the harder it is to attract a service provider.
As a result, residents of East Cleveland have been pushing to partner with York Potash Ltd., according to this report
in The Northern Echo. Since the company plans to excavate trenches anyway throughout its property to mine potash, it only makes sense to take advantage of the opportunity to lay cable for broadband solutions at the same time.
For reference, potash is a material created from the mineral polyhalite and is used to help farmers augment the quality of fertilizer to keep up with global food demand.
The fight to supply broadband solutions to the rural villages of Lingdale, Boosbeck, Liverton, and Stanghow may not reach a resolution as quickly as previously hoped. Councilor Steve Kay who represents the Redcar and Cleveland Borough says the community was optimistic it might be able to piggyback off the proposed trench to be dug by York Potash.
The trench would support its potash pipeline – a stretch of digging spanning nearly 28 miles across the countryside. To date, however, the company has been resistant to letting its land be used for such purposes.
The issue, according to York Potash, is that it cannot find an Internet service provider
willing to step forward and service the area. A spokesperson for the company has professed that it is happy to do its part to support the growth of technology and communications services in the underserved communities of East Cleveland but says that York Potash needs the commitment of a provider before it will give the green light for broadband cabling installation to occur alongside its trenches – a decision Councilor Kay hopes the company will reconsider.
Kay is confident that if they lay the infrastructure
, providers will come. He also says that he has asked for the Council’s help in the matter. Delivering broadband solutions to the entire local community would not only increases Internet speeds and expand availability; it would improve the entire economy of the area since the Internet has become an integral part of most commerce.
has an effective, low cost offering to address the rural broadband dilemma. Through its Broadband Accelerator (BBA), the infrastructure problem is eliminated as the (BBA) allows service providers to offer broadband services to all the same locations served by plain old telephone service (POTS).
Not only will the unserved and underserved rural populations enjoy the high speed Internet service they want, there will even be sufficient bandwidth to accommodate extras such as IPTV (News
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With its BBA, Actelis bridges the broadband divide and allows customers to be serviced right away without the hassle of reconfiguring networks.
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Edited by Stefanie Mosca