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Want broadband? Do it yourself

That's the advice from ADSL heavyweight
Written by Graeme Wearden, Contributor

That's the advice from ADSL heavyweight

People who want high-speed internet access but cannot get it may have to get their hands dirty - at least that's the advice from the Rural and Regional Broadband conference. Keith Todd, the chairman of the Broadband Stakeholder Group, speaking at the conference on Wednesday, has urged people who don't have access to affordable high-speed internet access to take matters into their own hands and adopt a pro-active approach to close the broadband divide. "People must not just accept the status quo. Don't just complain and sit back; complain and take action," said Todd, who claimed he is playing the role of a revolutionary in senior circles. "We need revolutionaries at the grass roots as well," said Todd, pointing out that a good first step would be to register one's interest in getting ADSL by using BT's broadband pre-registration scheme. Community wireless networking is a major focus of the conference, which has been organised by the Access to Broadband Campaign. Many in the industry believe that technologies such as 802.11b will play a key role in the rollout of broadband to existing coverage black spots. A significant number of wireless broadband networks are being rolled out in different parts of the UK, in areas as diverse as Cumbria, Northern Ireland, rural Devon and Anglesea. The Anglesea network has been created by Groupe Pathfinder. Mike Parker, chief technology officer for Groupe Pathfinder, backed up the view that individual consumers and businesses should take a 'DIY' approach rather than simply waiting for a telco to eventually offer them a broadband service. "You've got to take the B&Q method and get out and do it yourself," Parker told the conference audience. Graeme Wearden writes for ZDNet UK
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