The B4RN DIY Internet project connects ~7,000 homes in rural north-west England:
This is not unlike the way farmers' telephone companies arose 120 years ago & more in the rural USA. In fact a friend of mine recalls how her father ran a wire out to his parents' farm. The telephone company told him they would provide the service if he would take care of the line.
@publius Consumer-owned cooperatives might be the way to go here.
In my opinion, they offer a set of solutions which should be implemented FAR more frequently.
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