Ben Woods

Senior reporter

With a psychology degree under his belt, Ben set off on a four-year sojourn as a professional online poker player, but as the draw of the gambling life began to wane his attentions turned to more wholesome employment.With several years' experience covering everything in the world of telecoms and mobility, Ben's your man if it involves a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or any other piece of tech small enough to carry around with you. He's also keenly interested in broadband issues, and has spent more time than strictly necessary testing out a multitude of software packages.Hot tips (no tittering at the back) can be passed along to me at ben.woods@zdnet.com or you can follow me on Twitter @BenWoodsZD, if you can bear intermittent cake and cat tweets.

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How grassroots broadband can succeed where telcos fear to tread

How grassroots broadband can succeed where telcos fear to tread

Slow broadband in rural areas is often a fact of life for local inhabitants that has to be endured until one of the big telecoms operators decides it's economically viable to extend their network. It's not easy, but not-for-profit grassroots community projects can provide an economically viable alternative.

December 12, 2012 by in Networking