We're committed to working with communities to help get more people, and places, in the UK get connected to superfast broadband. Our community fibre partnership scheme is designed to enable this: we work with a local group – this could be the residents of a rural village or a block of flats in a city centre or even a group of business owners in an industrial park – that isn't covered in an existing fibre upgrade plan to find a solution to bring fibre to their area.
There needs to be a joint funding arrangement, where we cover the costs in line with our commercial model and the community has the option to self-fund the remaining 'gap'. We always look for solutions to be as affordable as possible.
As part of this scheme, BT Group has made £2m available via a grant for Community Fibre Partnerships that could benefit a local school, thus reducing the overall cost for the community.
Our dedicated team provides friendly management and support for anyone wanting to represent a co-funded approach to bring fibre to their community.
We'll help you identify if there are any available grants to consider to help co-fund your fibre, and pass on any advice to make things to as smoothly as possible. For example, several communities that we've partnered with have used crowdfunding as a way of fundraising for their fibre with us. There are various different crowdfunding organisations, but most communities who we've partnered with have used Spacehive to raise their share of the cost of a new fibre infrastructure.
Enter a phone number or postcode below to find out the current status of the line or premises in question.
A community would typically look at a partnership when it is:
Find out how we have already been working with communities by reading the case studies.
A Community Fibre Partnership is where we we work with a local group – this could be the residents of a rural village or a block of flats in a city centre or even a group of business owners in an industrial park – that isn't covered in an existing fibre upgrade plan to find a solution to bring fibre to their area.
We fund the costs to bring fibre to a community in line with our commercial model and the community clubs together to fund the costs on top of this, we refer to this as 'the gap'.
A Community Fibre Partnership is when we work together with a local community (that's not in our commercial or BDUK fibre roll-out plans) to develop a solution to bring fibre to their community. There usually needs to be a joint funding arrangement, where we cover the costs in line with our commercial model used throughout the country and the community has the option to self-fund the remaining gap. We always look for solutions to be as affordable as possible.
If you decide a community fibre partnership is the way you'd like to proceed, check the availability checker against your post code or land line to make sure you're not already covered by the rollout or that there isn't an existing co-funding initiative in your community.
If your property isn't covered contact us (link to this) and provide the details of the property you're enquiring about for fibre broadband, and an associated landline number. Once we've received that, one of our team will get in touch.
First check with your local council and - if one exists in your area - your BDUK authority to see if your community is included in their fibre plans. If not, contact us with us providing the contact details of the people wishing to explore a community fibre partnership solution, and who would lead the local side of any potential co-funding arrangements to bring fibre to the community.
Having a community partnership with Openreach means your community will be connected to the national fibre network. This brings some key benefits:
The average lead time from contract signature to enablement (of the infrastructure to enable service) is approximately twelve months. This will all depend on the amount and complexity of the infrastructure that needs to be deployed.
This depends on the amount of infrastructure that needs to be deployed, so naturally will differ from community to community. Once an application is assessed, we'll provide costings.
Crowdfunding is a way to raise money, awareness and support for a project, from the people around you. It's a means of funding that allows individuals to make their ideas a reality with the power of the crowd. It is based on the idea that a number of people can split the cost of something – in this case broadband infrastructure, with multiple people contributing an amount, rather than any one person footing the whole bill.
Yes, we'll explain the different costs as part of our discussions with you. Different technologies require different amounts of infrastructure to be installed and the level of network equipment and labour needed to provide the technology will also determine the costs.
This is dependent on the amount of infrastructure that needs to be deployed. And this will differ from community to community. A community will only be asked to cover costs above those of our commercial model. Once agreed, 50% of the gap funding must be paid prior to work starting - when you sign a contract to proceed - and the final 50% on completion.
Yes, Openreach provides access to its network to all service providers, on an equal basis. This means that wherever we deploy fibre, a whole range of different service providers can offer broadband, bringing plenty of choice to consumers and local businesses.
For most solutions, using fibre to the cabinet, bandwidths will range up to 80Mbps. Final speeds are dependent on each property's distance from the fibre cabinet but you can typically expect a minimum of 24Mbps at a range of approx. 1200 metres from the cabinet. The nearer the property is to the cabinet, the greater the speed.
We also provide fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) offering speeds of up to 330Mbps.
We're open to exploring different types of fibre solutions, but what we can provide will depend on the existing communications infrastructure in your area. We'll examine this at the application stage of each request.
We make our fibre solutions to be as affordable as possible, and can deliver fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) and fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP).