Residents in Alston Moor in Cumbria have begun installing their own fibre broadband network because BT said it was "unviable" to provide even basic broadband to the area.

Resident Daniel Heery, 38, started Britain's first broadband co-operative, Cybermoor, seven years ago, using microwaves and transmitters nailed to sheds to share the local school's broadband connection to cottages in the village that didn't even have telephone lines.

Now the residents of the village, which is described as "England's last wilderness", have dug their own trenches ready for fibre optic cable to be laid.

The cable will be combined with a microwave link to the Tees Valley to bring 20Mbps internet access. It is expected that in the future this will rise to 100Mbps.

Broadband speed test

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