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1.7 Summarising

It's sometimes useful to turn your notes into a summary that can be more easily read. This might be because you want to present your thoughts to another person, or to keep a clearer record of the article or text you have just read for your own reference. Activity 2 gives you the opportunity to practise summarising.

Activity 2 (exploratory)

Write a summary (approximately 250 words) of the Cyber moor article, based on the notes you have made. You will need to create sentences rather than bullet points and group these into a set of paragraphs.


I've written a short summary here based on the notes I made. It took a few attempts to get a final version that included all the points in my notes and still made sense. If you've not done any summarising before then it may take some time to complete your final version. Don't expect it to be as polished as the example I've given you!

Summary of Miracle of the Moor

The article is about a wireless network in a small, very remote town in Cumbria called Alston, which has been dubbed the 'broadband capital of Britain'. According to a Leeds University study, Alston has the second highest broadband take-up in the UK and 88 per cent PC ownership.

Examples of usage include: local police who use SMS to inform people about traffic conditions; the Methodist minister; parish councillors; and meteorologists who provide local information and networking. Daniel Heery came to Alston in 1997 and set up a co-operative called Cybermoor to develop a wireless internet network for the town after realising how isolated it was. The co-operative model meant it involved local people, and with DES and other grants, they paid for the network to be set up and for PCs in every home. Each member pays £15 a month for access. As a result IT skills have improved, the economy has boomed and house prices have risen.

BT's decision to extend broadband capability to all regions means the UK has one of the highest broadband availability rates in the world. However community wireless networks are still important: e.g. in Deptford the council network can be used by small businesses and community groups. Community enterprise engages local people in their community, according to Malcolm Corbett of Community Broadband Network who have 215 community groups on their website. Their emphasis is not just on broadband access, but also on developing content and services to benefit the local community, something that will be discussed at the Access to Broadband Campaign conference.