Jacob Rees-Mogg marks Wansdyke Telecom progress


North East Somerset MP Jacob Rees-Mogg joined the local community at Newton St-Loe on Friday to mark the progress of the community interest company Wansdyke Telecom.

Jacob Rees-Mogg meets Wansdyke Telecom Director Evan Wienburg.

Jacob Rees-Mogg meets Wansdyke Telecom Director Evan Wienburg.

The company has been set up to bring ultra-fast broadband and all its benefits to the rural parts which other providers fail to reach at an affordable price. A one thousand-megabit fibre-optic pipe has been laid from London and Wansdyke Telecom is ready to push out into the countryside. 

Around one hundred people gathered at Newton Farm for the occasion, where they saw children competing in real time with fellow gamers in Japan on crystal-clear 4K television screens. They saw tested download speeds of up to 400 megabits per second, which the clearly impressed Conservative Group leader on Bath and North East Somerset Council, Tim Warren, ruefully observed compared very favourably with his 0.8MB/S!

Evan Wienburg, a Wansdyke director, explained that the company hoped for further local funding from the community to finance the next push south. “Virtually all farmers and landowners agree to routing the cable through their land,” he said. “Community interest companies like ours offer local people the chance to invest in the future of their community; they cannot make capital gains, but the company does intend to pay dividends, and the shares can be sold back to the company.  Large businesses say that bringing this service to the remoter areas is not commercially viable, but with our company and the help of local people, it can be done.”

“Enterprising local people are joining with the local community to achieve a vitally important solution to rural life and above all rural work,” commented Jacob Rees-Mogg.

“Wansdyke Telecom, with the help of community volunteers and sympathetic landowners, can transform the prospects of rural businesses and connect rural families to all the resources of the internet which those in urban centres take for granted.”



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