Villagers bid to set up broadband hub in Lincolnshire 'not-spot'
THERE will soon be a clear route to those wanting access to the information highway in Ingoldmells.
The east coast village has been working for several months now to try to establish an internet hub for local residents, who are stuck in one of the county's worst "not-spot" zones for broadband coverage.
For many, speeds rarely reach two megabits per second and many households suffer periods where their connection fails completely.
The local neighbourhood forum group decided to take action and several months ago secured a grant of £29,600 from the lottery to set up the internet hub. Finding a suitable connection had proved a challenge and there were fears their aim may not be possible but a solution has now been found which should provide speeds of 18mbps.
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Group chairman Maurice Darnell said: "We came up with a satellite solution which means we put a dish up and according to them we will get 18mbps. We will have eight desktop computers and four laptops and we hope to be up and running in about a fortnight.
"We have got a lot of people in the village who have never used a computer before and they want to talk to relations abroad or just find cheaper insurance or gas and energy prices."
The computer hub will be set up at St Peter's Church Hall and open between 10 and 20 hours per week depending on volunteer support.
In addition to the computer usage, residents will be able to do photocopying and printing with first time access free for the first hour and £1 per hour after that.
Local resident and vice-chairman of the Ingoldmells community group, Anthony Hall from computer business A&A PC Services will be contracted for 10 hours a week to help those using the computer hub.
Anyone willing to volunteer to help out is asked to contact him on 01754 873716.