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German village takes digital fate into own hands

Published on Jun 1, 2014 11:39 AM
A photo taken on May 13, 2014 shows the entrance of the village of Loewenstadt, northern Germany, in which inhabitants have built a broad-band Internet network of their own, as their village was too small to show up on the radar screens of national Internet operators. The fibre-optic network has been built through a Citizens' Broadband Network Company ( BBNG ) set up in 2012 to collect the funds. -- PHOTO: AFP

LOEWENSTEDT, Germany (AFP) - Too isolated and with few inhabitants, the tiny village of Loewenstedt in northern Germany is simply too small to show up on the radars of national Internet operators.

So the villagers took their digital fate into their own hands and built a broadband Internet network of their own.

Peter Kock, who runs an agricultural technology supply firm in the village, couldn't be happier.

Data files that used to take two hours to load onto his computer screen now appear in just 30 seconds.

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