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August 3, 2009

Island broadband offers hope to rural black spots

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by David Allen

Living in a city most consumers have plenty of options for broadband services, but rural areas, which may only be a matter of miles outside of the main towns or cities, often find that there is only a weak broadband service or none at all.

However, an experiment undertaken by the University of Edinburgh and the University of the Highlands and Islands has provided the Isle of Skye with a broadband service that is said to be the equivalent of that available in many UK cities.

According to the BBC, the researchers have built a low cost network of wireless phone relays that is connected to the standard broadband connection in the Sabhal Mor Ostaig college in Skye.

This network is approximately 40 Kms in length and so offers the potential of providing a reliable broadband service to all rural areas.

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