Community Fibre Partnership Overview

Fibre broadband is now live.

The cabinets are live and service providers are accepting orders, speeds appear to be good for early adopters.

The following is historic info that I have left in place for the insight of other communities considering the scheme (if it is still going when you read this - I will not be actively checking!).

I have registered Goodleigh with the BT Community Fibre Partnerships scheme. I have done this because during a meeting with a director from BT to discuss options for Goodleigh he offered to personally help with the application. I decided the most appropriate action was to 'strike while the iron was hot'.

The following are some key aspects associated with the scheme:

  • The scheme enables the installation cost of fibre to be part grant funded by BT
  • It is dependent on having a school that does not have super fast broadband
  • It can be progressed without the school's active involvement, though hopefully they will see the potential benefit and support the application in the interest of current/future pupils
  • The community i.e. all of us collectively, will need to raise the funding shortfall
  • The grant funding available from BT is up to £30k or 75%
  • My guess is the installation cost will be about £40-£50k
  • The most likely solution for Goodleigh is installation of a new fibre-enabled cabinet in the village
  • Anyone within 1.5km (line distance from the cabinet) will be able to have super fast broadband
  • This distance is likely to increase as new technology is introduced
  • Implementation timescales are 8-12 months