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Old TV set knocks out broad­band in vil­lage

- By Jan Dis­ley George H. W. Bush · Powys · United Kingdom · The Early Show · BT Group · Aberhosan · Michael Jones · Openreach

THE mys­tery of why an en­tire vil­lage lost its broad­band ev­ery morn­ing at 7am has been solved – it was caused by one house­hold with an old TV set.

Alun and Elaine Rees were un­aware their 16in Bush TV was caus­ing prob­lems for their neigh­bours in Aber­hosan, Powys, for more than 18 months.

Michael Jones, an en­gi­neer with telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pany Open­reach, said: “Not be­ing able to solve the fault for our cus­tomers left us feel­ing frus­trated and down­beat.

“As a fi­nal re­sort we de­cided to bring in a crack squad of en­gi­neers from the chief en­gi­neer’s of­fice who were based in other parts of the UK.”

He added: “Hav­ing ex­hausted all other av­enues we wanted to do one fi­nal test to see if the fault was be­ing caused by a phe­nom­e­non known as Shine ( Sin­gle High- Level Im­pulse Noise) where elec­tri­cal in­ter­fer­ence is emit­ted from an ap­pli­ance that can then have an im­pact on broad­band con­nec­tiv­ity.

“The source was traced to a prop­erty in the vil­lage.”

The set, which was in the cou­ple’s bed­room, was turned on ev­ery morn­ing to watch Good Morn­ing Bri­tain.

Re­tired re­cep­tion­ist Elaine, 63, said: “One morn­ing we looked out of the win­dow and saw BT en­gi­neers hold­ing some kind of me­ters.

“Next thing they’re knock­ing the door and ask­ing us to turn the telly off at the wall.”

Re­tired farmer Alun, 67, added: “He told me we’d bet­ter get rid of the set im­me­di­ately.

“He said we’d have the whole vil­lage on our doorstep if any­one found out we were the cause of the prob­lem. Our son lives next door and he was hav­ing build­ing work done so we chucked it on his skip.”

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Shock... Elaine and Alun

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