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A collection of resources to help with your community fibre partnership.

Reports

Published on 12th March 2018, a report by Regeneris Consulting for Openreach about the Impact of High-Speed Broadband for Communities

Grant Scheme

BT Group made £2m available via a grant for Community Fibre Partnerships that benefit the local school, or a registered charity, within a community. This enabled communities to apply for a grant to cover three quarters of the cost of a new superfast, or ultrafast, fibre infrastructure (capped at £30,000) if that new infrastructure is delivered by Openreach.   Applications for this grant are now closed as the funding is all currently allocated.

See more information here.

Full Fibre Scheme for SMEs

Get £3,000 funding for ultrafast broadband for your business through the Government's new Gigabit Voucher Scheme that's been set up to provide grants for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs). More information here.

Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme

Developed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to provide access to a subsidised broadband installation to homes and businesses in England and Scotland that don’t have access to broadband speeds of at least 2Mbps, and who won’t benefit from the national superfast broadband roll out, the Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme was set up.

As part of this scheme, £350 per eligible premise, whether business or residential, can be claimed toward implementing a new fibre infrastructure for a community. So, for example, if 12 properties in a community have broadband speeds of <2Mbps and each claims for a voucher that gets approved, this gives the community £4,200 in vouchers to offset against their cost of a gap-funded Community Fibre Partnership solution.

We're urging communities to apply for these vouchers by the end of March 2018 because although applications to the Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme can be made until the end of the year, the government won't release monies until the new fibre infrastructure's up and running so this allows sufficient time for delivery.

If your property's already confirmed as eligible and we've agreed this scheme as part of a contribution to your fibre partnership, enter the premises that you want to apply for vouchers here.

 

Claiming Your Codes

Once the new community fibre infrastructure is nearing completion, the community lead will need to email the aggregated list of approved premises to BDUK at better.broadband@culture.gov.uk to obtain unique codes. These codes can then be redeemed against the Community Fibre Partnership with us. The codes don’t have a fixed value and can’t be redeemed in any other way than through the scheme, but when used toward a fibre broadband infrastructure via our Community Fibre Partnerships programme, it will enable the community to use a £350 contribution per eligible premise to the total cost of the solution.

 

Contractual bits and payment

Typically your community will pay for your part of the solution cost in two parts – 50% on contract signature and 50% on completion of the delivery of the solution infrastructure.

Depending on the value of the vouchers raised, you may see in reduction in your second payment or in both the second and first payment.

The contract with Openreach remains unchanged if ‘vouchers’ are used in part payment, so we’ll still require commitment of 50% payment upfront and the remaining 50% payment on completion. Any vouchers used will be redeemed against the final payment to Openreach unless the total value of the community vouchers exceeds 50% of the community’s cost for the fibre broadband infrastructure.

In some cases, a community will be able to fund the entire contract value in vouchers then we will require confirmation of all individual pledges in order to proceed. We’ll require the community to complete the contract signature in the normal way, but we’ll progress deployment and redeem the vouchers on solution delivery.

It is key that we receive all the information required to redeem the voucher upfront so that there are no issues with claiming the vouchers on completion.

Example scenarios:

Overall cost of fibre infrastructure to a community Total amount of BDUK voucher codes claimed Amount of first payment Amount of second (final) payment
£20,000 £1,400 £10,000 paid via the legal entity £8,600 paid via the legal entity

£1,400 vouchers redeemed with BDUK by Openreach
£20,000 £9,800 £10,000 paid via the legal entity
£200 paid via the legal entity

£9,800 vouchers redeemed with BDUK by Openreach
£20,000 £14,700 £5,300 paid via the legal entity

£4,700 vouchers redeemed with BDUK by Openreach
£10,000 vouchers redeemed with BDUK by Openreach
£20,000 £20,000 £10,000 vouchers redeemed with BDUK by Openreach
£10,000 vouchers redeemed with BDUK by Openreach
Access Broadband Cymru voucher scheme

Available in Wales only, this scheme provides grants to fund (or part-fund) the installation costs of new broadband connections for homes and businesses. These vouchers can be used to pay for a fibre partnership with us. 

You can find more information here.

Legal Entity

Every community who enters into a Community Fibre Partnership with us will have to contract with Openreach, and must do so via a legal entity.

A legal entity is an association, corporation, partnership, proprietorship, trust, or individual that has legal standing in the eyes of law. A legal entity has legal capacity to enter into agreements or contracts, assume obligations, incur and pay debts, sue and be sued in its own right, and to be held responsible for its actions.

In many cases there are existing legal entities within a community that can be used to contract, for example a residents association, or somebody who has a small company. Where this isn't the case, communities will need to set up their own legal entity. There is a charge (it's not huge) to set up a legal entity and we suggest you add the cost of setting this up to the overall cost of your new fibre infrastructure.

We suggest the following are the best sites to use to get your legal entity set up:

For community leads
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Key messages

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Notes: Use this handy reference to help explain the benefits of your community fibre project within your community.

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Choosing a Next Gen Provider

Category: For community leads / File Format: PDF

Notes: So you're talking to us about a fibre infrastructure, or perhaps have already signed a contract. This is a handy document to help explain the considerations you've made in choosing your fibre broadband provider.

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Fibre Story for Community Leads

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Notes: Once your new fibre infrastructure's gone into delivery the slides outline the main stages on the journey to going live. Use this to keep your community informed about developments.

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Information about self-dig

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Newsletters

Our February newsletter is now out, with a focus on Ultrafast.

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June 2018 Community Fibre Partnerships Newsletter

Category: Newsletters / File Format: PDF / Date: 19/06/2018

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February 2018 Community Fibre Partnerships Newsletter

Category: Newsletters / File Format: PDF / Date: 19/02/2018

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September 2017 Community Fibre Partnerships Newsletter

Category: Newsletters / File Format: PDF / Date: 29/09/2017

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June 2017 Community Fibre Partnerships Newsletter

Category: Newsletters / File Format: PDF / Date: 07/06/2017

Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is a way to raise money, awareness and support for your project, from the people around you. It’s 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.

We recommend using Spacehive to crowdfund for fibre. They'll offer plenty of support and will hopefully make raising your community's share of the cost easily achievable. Their guide to crowdfunding is worth reading if you want to learn more.   

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What is Crowdfunding?

Category: Crowdfunding / File Format: PDF

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Ranking your supporters for your crowdfunding project

Category: Crowdfunding / File Format: Word Doc

Contact us

If you represent a community or are interested in bringing ultrafast fibre all the way to your home or business please enter your post code or landline to start the journey.