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Rural communities to get free broadband from Three

Mobile phone network Three and The Countryside Alliance have formed a partnership with local members of parliament and campaign groups to deliver rural fixed-line broadband, to those who cannot normally receive high-speed internet access.

Three and the Countryside Alliance have launched a project aimed at getting people online in these areas of poor or non-existent broadband.

Under the name of the ‘Rural Broadband Working Group’, this initiative will see the operator work with local politicians and the Countryside Alliance to identify rural broadband ‘not-spots’ and give away around 4million megabytes of free connectivity - along with dongles and MIFI devices needed to get people online.

This project will also involve 'Race Online 2012', which is aimed at helping communities, families and businesses in rural areas that while not served by fixed line broadband providers do have access to Three’s high speed mobile Internet network.

The first village to receive free connectivity is Gringley-on-the-Hill in North Nottinghamshire. The village is made up of around 750 people, with a village hall, a church, a pub and a school but has poor quality access to fixed line broadband services.

Gringley-on-the-Hill is set to get around 30 mobile broadband dongles and MIFI devices. Some of these will provide access in the local pub and community centre.

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