German villagers have built their own broadband network
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The locals of Löwenstedt managed to raise around US$3.4 million for the project - and they now have access to their own high speed broadband connection.

The village, located just 30km from the Danish border, was too isolated and small to warrant the attention of internet providers, so the residents were left with a slow, unreliable connection.

But thanks to their new fibre-optics network, they can download files that used to take two hours in just 30 seconds, The Local reports.

Even better, they’re now receiving interest from leasing their network, which was built in March, to internet supplier TNG for around US$1 million.

They called their company the Citizens’ Broadband Network (BBNG), and it has 925 shareholders from Löwenstedt and neighbouring villages.

To make the project worthwhile, 94 percent of households promised to sign up to the network for at least two years before it was even built.

"We're too small. Without this initiative we would have been forgotten," resident Peter Cock told The Local. He also believes that the internet will help his parents have access to better tele-health services.

This accomplishment is something the world needs more of - and especially in Germany where only 18 percent of the population has access to networks with speeds up 10 megabytes per second and above, according to consultancy firm Akamai

The people have spoken, and they want faster internet.

Source: The Local