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Broadband with a pint
Thursday 27 November 2003 12:04:00 by Sebastien Lahtinen

Tonight, a special pub quiz will be taking place in two pubs in rural Northamptonshire. The New Inn in Middleton Cheney and The Cross Tree Inn in Byfield will be hosting this rather special event being enabled by broadband. What is claimed as Britain's first Rural Broadband Quiz, the locals in the two pubs will be competing with each other with the aid of streaming video and multimedia interactive questions streaming over the Internet. The winning pub will get free broadband.

This follows an extensive campaigns in Byfield and Middleton Cheney to get these exchanges enabled with the support of the Northamptonshire Partnership and the East Midlands Development Agency not forgetting local residents, ISP Pipemedia (which enabled the exchange using local loop unbundling) and hardware supplier Electronic Frontier have teamed up to help the community in this project.

"Broadband Internet access is a great platform for improving business and community life in Northamptonshire. It not only helps our small businesses to reach their customers and partners quickly and efficiently, it enables people to work from home and spend more time with their families."

Tim Boswell MP (Daventry and the South Northamptonshire)

For more information available at http://www.northantsbroadband.co.uk/ [seb]

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