Drones and Fishing Lines Are Bringing Broadband to Remote Villages

Like the US, many remote and rural parts of the UK lack access to high speed internet. But unlike the states, one of the biggest barriers comes down to topology: they just literally can’t get the wires to reach across the rocky hills and valleys. But thanks to a little ingenuity, a drone, some fishing line, and a tennis ball, that’s no longer a problem for one UK company. Andy Whale, the chief engineer at Openreach, a UK company that builds telecom infrastructure, told me that in many of these remote areas, the gap between the nearest connection point and residents is periled with wide, raging rivers, deep valleys, and steep, rocky cliffs. Going underground is usually not an option, he said: the roads in the area are rustic, or non-existent and the ground is often slate

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