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British island wants £10m for broadband cable

Not enough fibre in their local diet
Thu Jan 03 2013, 15:51
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THE BRITISH ISLAND of St Helena is requesting financial assistance towards its internet future and access to an undersea telecommunications cable.

The island is worried that it is slipping into technology backwaters, and is asking the UK government to spare it some money so it can afford a suboceanic internet cable.

According to the BBC the island's small community uses a satellite internet connection but has found this to be too slow. It reckons that with £10m it can gain access to a new submarine cable.

"If you spend an additional £10m or a bit less getting this cable landed, there would be a huge opportunity for social and economic development," said Christian von der Ropp, organiser of the campaign.

"This is something that would revolutionise the island, and people's perspectives there. And I believe it would relieve British taxpayers."

It was protest group A Human Right that successfully campaigned for the fibre optic cable to St Helena.

It said that the transatlantic cable called South Atlantic Express SAex, would "allow the tiny island to join our digital civilization improving standards of education, health care, as well as offering new economic prospects."

The UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office has been approached about funding the high speed fibre optic cable installation. µ

 

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