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The Broadband World this Week - Week 28

11th July 2014
The Broadband World this Week - Week 28

This week, the government now aims for 100% superfast broadband coverage, four satellites are launched to provide Internet in hard to reach places, and villagers install fibre broadband themselves.

Four satellites launched to beam broadband down to Earth

Four broadband communications satellites have been sent in orbit with a mission to link developing countries via high-speed Internet. The satellites will fly in a unique orbit 5,000 miles over the equator, reaching customers in a band between 45 degrees north and 45 degrees south latitude, home to most of the world's population.

Read more from Space Flight Now

Government aiming for universal superfast broadband access

Communications Minister Ed Vaizey says the government wants to achieve 100 per cent superfast broadband access in the coming years. He told the House of Commons that this target has now been upped to 100%, thanks in part to the government's recently announced £10 million Broadband Innovation Fund.

Read more at cable.co.uk

Villagers connect to superfast broadband themselves

A north Lancashire village has superfast broadband after volunteers laid their own cables. A group from Dolphinholme, Lancaster dug trenches in fields, laid cables and connected houses one by one. They said the village now boosts one of the fastest broadband in the UK with speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps.

Read more from BBC news