"I'm just a farmer's wife," says Christine Conder, modestly.

Something more robust was required, and no alternatives were available in the area, so Chris decided to take matters into her own hands.

She purchased a kilometre of fibre-optic cable and commandeered her farm tractor to dig a trench.

After lighting the cable, the two farms were connected, with hers feeding the one behind the trees.

B4RN now claims to have laid 2,000 miles 3,218km of cable and connected a string of local parishes to its network.

Each household pays £30 per month with a £150 connection fee and larger businesses pay more.

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