Church of England offers to help with rural broadband

The Church of England could help bring superfast broadband to more rural areas in the UK.


The Church of England could help bring superfast broadband to more rural areas in the UK. 

The CoE is currently making plans to grant 10,000 churches in the country with the ability to provide wireless broadband to local communities.

Using these plans, church spires would be used as communications towers in order to boost broadband connections in areas where superfast cables are difficult to install. 

The CoE would work in conjunction with the government’s superfast rollout, allowing it to reach more remote areas than planned. 

Chair of the Church Buildings Council, Tony Baldry, is said to have already met with government officials to get the scheme rolling. 

The CoE currently owns a firm called WiSpire, which already allows 47 churches in areas such as Norfolk to boost broadband connections over a 2.5 mile radius. 

Rory Stewart, minister for Rural Affairs, has backed up the plans, saying they could be genuinely useful to the rollout. 

"Church spires are ideally located in remote rural areas to allow point-to-point broadband coverage.”

"The offer from the church commissioners is greatly appreciated, and we are working closely with our colleagues in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to take advantage of the technological opportunities."

Representatives of churches have stressed that, if the plans were to come to fruition, then any new technology should not disturb the visual impact of the church spires themselves and should be carefully designed this way. 

Source: USwitch

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