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UK Government uses Churches to improve internet connections in rural areas

UK Government uses Churches to improve internet connections in rural areas

UK residents experience a reasonable standard of living when compared to most, especially when you consider access to technology. However, in some more rural areas of England many residents are without a decent broadband or mobile connection. This may not seem like a major issue, but it often leaves rural residents feeling isolated and at a disadvantage when compared to their suburban counterparts.

The UK government are looking to solve this issue by using historic architecture to enhance broadband and mobile signals. Partnering with the Church of England, the UK government have been granted permission to use tall structures such as towers and church spires to support a range of technologies including aerials, satellite dishes, fibre cables and wireless transmitters.

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Integrating these buildings into the future digital infrastructure not only supports residents by providing them with reliable internet and mobile connections, it also provides a sure-fire reason to keep these historic buildings alive - with many religious sites and structures in England facing decay and disuse with the decline of regular church-goers. Any installation that occurs must be within strict guidelines to ensure the building’s structure and appearance aren’t impacted too heavily, much to the relief of those wanted to preserve those idyllic village vibes.

According to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, broadband and mobile services are already being delivered from over 120 sites throughout the UK and we could be seeing many more in future.

How important is your internet connection to you? Could you live without it? Let us know!

Source: The Verge