In many parts of the region, the quality of the internet service available is a bit of a hit and miss affair. When I was in my previous city in the industrial heartland of Germany, I enjoyed very reliable, high speed internet. However, now I, like many others, am forced to use a network which relies on cellular (mobile) rather than fibre optic cable technology. That is all fine and dandy if the cellular coverage is good, but it can never compare with a hard wired set up brought directly to your machine.
However, a village in northern Germany called Löwenstedt got really tired of the lack of decent service available to them so they decided to take action. No, not legal action – they in fact set about creating their very own internet service. It apparently was funded by the villagers who paid a sum of €999 to become shareholders, and the installation works were done by local (presumably voluntary) manpower. The result is apparently an internet capable of speeds that puts most of the big operators to shame.
In Germany, statistics show that only 18% of homes in rural areas have access to high speed areas! and given that most of the Mosel region is pretty rural I suspect many of us fall into that category. Plans were recently announced by the government to get proper high speed internet across the whole of Germany by 2018 but little detail was given to support how that target will be achieved, and the cynic in me suggests it will not only take much longer, it will not reach everyone. So in the meantime, maybe we should take the same initiative as Löwenstedt and create our own high speed network?
To read the full article click here.
And to see what internet services are available in your area click here (in German).