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Diocese improves broadband connectivity

21st Feb 2018

Chelmsford Diocese is working to improve broadband connectivity.

St Giles’ Church in Great Maplestead, near Halstead in Essex, is one of the churches involved in a programme to improve connectivity in the diocese.

Four short antennae at the top of the church tower enable the village to access broadband.  The antennae are hard to see from the ground.

Now an Accord between the Church of England and the Government will encourage more dioceses and parishes to consider using their property in this way.

The Bishop of Chelmsford, Stephen Cottrell, has said:

“We know that rural churches in particular have always served as a hub for their communities. Encouraging churches to improve connectivity will help tackle two of the biggest issues rural areas face - isolation and sustainability.”

The Great Maplestead project has been going for 18 months. So far a quarter of the village is connected to an 32Mb service. 

Chelmsford Diocese has been working in partnership with County Broadband, a wireless internet service provider, since 2013. Equipment has already been installed on more than 20 churches in the diocese. These churches are giving villages superfast broadband.​

Image: Vicar Gay Ellis outside St Giles