1. ITV Report

Devon community burns BT effigy to protest broadband speed

Templeton's bonfire night has a different theme each year. Credit: Adam Short

A small hamlet in Devon staged a protest over the weekend in response to slow internet speeds.

People from Templeton, which is near Tiverton, burnt a cardboard cut-out of a BT Openreach van as the centrepiece to their bonfire night activities.

The hamlet's bonfire night has a different theme each year – this year it was decided to use the event to protest the lack of reliable broadband.

BT Openreach says rolling out fibre broadband in such a rural community is challenging.

Templeton is an extremely rural community which makes rolling out fibre broadband much more challenging. Templeton was not included in Openreach’s commercial roll-out of fibre broadband or the first phase of the Connecting Devon and Somerset partnership but we’re working hard to find alternative ways of bringing faster broadband to residents.

– BT Openreach