Many of us in towns and cities often take broadband for granted, not realising how reliant we all are on this vital communications service. Our lives are often so connected, that a significant part of society arranges their social lives online. Others use the Internet for work, something the government is keen to promote. As of this year, most businesses, including all new businesses, are required to submit VAT returns online.
Whilst many of us are waiting for Openreach to bring fibre to our doorstep, some people living in rural areas are taking matters into their own hands and making sure that they are not forgotten in the digital revolution.
One of the people behind the campaign to get the 'final third' connected quickly is Christine who lives in Lancashire. She has worked with neighbours to bring broadband to people within the community who have been unable to get online, by running their own fibre. She has produced a video showing how broadband has changed her life:
Broadband has enabled her to not only file paperwork related to her farm online, but also to have Skype video calls with grandchildren.
A video on the original fibre project in the area is also available on YouTube.