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Fibre-optic broadband services have been introduced in a small village after residents took control of the local network.

Homeowners in Lyddington, Rutland, chose to raise £37,000 to fund the rollout of a super-fast network after a number of leading communications firms suggested the introduction of such services would not be economically viable, reports BBC News.

Local residents joined forces with a local IT firm to establish Rutland Telecom, which called on BT's Openreach division to introduce fibre technology in the area.

Mark Melluish, Director of Rutland Telecom, told the news provider the move was a momentous event.

"For the first time in UK telecommunications history, the telephone lines of customers are completely cut off from the local BT exchange," he added.

Elfed Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of the i3 Group, recently claimed the government and other authorities should be more ambitious in their efforts to launch super-fast broadband across the UK.

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