A giant effigy of a BT Openreach van has been burnt at a village bonfire in the frustration of slower broadband speeds.
Templeton residents chose to turn up the heat on the telecommunications company as many of them are struggling with speeds lower than 1 megabit.
Roger Linden said of the inhabitants of the village have said that the problem would be looked at three years ago, but nothing happened.
BT said Templeton, in Devon, is extremely rural, which made the rollout of fibre broadband “more challenging”.Incompetence
He said that he was working hard to find alternative ways of bringing faster broadband to the residents, including a community fiber of the partnership and a mobile broadband solution.
But Mr. Linden is not convinced that the company will be able to provide.
“They were able to get a cable for the village of Nomansland, but just eight kilometres away and there is nothing.
“And’ the incompetence of the first order… but we all had a great evening watching the bonfire.”
With a speed of about 0.7 megabits per second, Mr. Linden says, as many others in the village – he is not the flow of anything and is only able to look at the e-mail and occasionally browse the internet.
Adam Short, who moved to the village about 18 months ago, said that he has helped to create the van effigy – marked with the words “not accessible” – on the floor of his barn.
“We knew it was terrible before we moved, but we hoped that there would be a solution,” he said.
“Trying to manage my activity from home is almost impossible, sometimes, and I am one of the lucky ones because I have a 4G signal on the roof with some specialist kit.
“It also has an impact on the children in the village, as it is limiting their task”.