Pigeon beats broadband in Lincolnshire

A carrier pigeon has transported a computer memory card between two two counties quicker than a computer on rural broadband could upload a video.

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A pigeon has transported a computer memory card between two counties quicker than a rural computer could upload a five minute video to the web.

In a race designed to highlight rural broadband problems campaigners began to upload the video as the bird left East Yorkshire for Lincolnshire.

Rory the pigeon took about 80 minutes to get from Beverley to Wrangle, leaving the computer still running.

Organisers said slow internet connections were affecting rural areas.

The computer used for the experiment was at the farm of Michelle Brumfield, who said internet speeds had a big impact on rural life.

"The issue is so widespread some areas are being called 'notspots' - as in the opposite of hotspots."

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