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Situated 1,000ft above sea level and surrounded by rugged moorland, the town of Alston is at the centre of ‘England’s last wilderness’.
The Cumbrian settlement is so isolated it was cut off by snow last year, forcing the military to airdrop supplies via Chinook helicopter.
Town - England - Alston - Forefront - Revolution
But as well as being the highest town in England, Alston is now at the forefront of a technological revolution.
It is one of the first places in the world to receive a 5G mobile network, giving its 1,100 residents internet speeds most city-dwellers could only dream of.
Pennines - Town - Pioneer - Technology - BT
The remote north Pennines town has been an unlikely pioneer of new technology ever since BT decided it was ‘unviable’ to provide broadband there nearly two decades ago.
So residents took matters into their own hands, starting a community broadband co-operative called Cybermoor in 2002.
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