Community schemes

If you are interested in helping your local community to get better broadband sooner than planned in the Suffolk wide roll out programme, you may wish to consider community self-help solutions.

The Community Fibre Partnership can provide some advice on the options, as well provide funding towards your community scheme. Additionally, under the Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme, it is possible for communities to pool individual subsidies for wider schemes.

Self-help solutions include for example self-dig schemes, where a local farmer or estate owner could provide some of the digging work to assist in bringing forward any potential upgrades.

We proactively encourage self-dig schemes so if you are interested contact us.

We can then connect you with other interested parties and, where possible, facilitate communities to be aligned with existing upgrade schemes.

Funding and support advice

Openreach’s community fibre partnerships scheme can bring forward the roll out of fibre broadband to homes and businesses by building a customised solution to meet your community’s needs.

Where possible Openreach brings together funding from local authorities, Government voucher schemes and other grants to help make things affordable - Openreach contribute toward the cost in line with their commercial model too.

The team at Openreach will provide you with a quote using the most appropriate technology for your area, usually this will be a Fibre to the Premises.

Registering for a Community Fibre Partnership does not represent any commitment from the community at this stage, however it enables you to find out more about potential solutions and costs to deliver better broadband to your area.

A supplier may propose that they work with a community to build an enhanced local broadband network by encouraging eligible premises to individually apply for a subsidy code under the Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme. These individual subsidy codes can be pooled to offset the cost of the build.

Once a community has agreed that they wish to proceed with a community broadband project, the supplier will then plan the infrastructure deployment and provide final details of the confirmed costs to the community.

Once the supplier has completed the main infrastructure work, residents and businesses should apply for an eligibility code from the Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme.

If their application is successful, each applicant must confirm with the supplier that they wish to use this subsidy to contribute towards the network build costs (the detail on how to complete this step is set out in the information provided to successful applicants). The supplier must then complete delivery of the service within 60 days.

Suppliers are aware that the subsidy codes are only available for specific premises and that codes can only be aggregated if these specific households or businesses make an individual application for a subsidy code and then choose to take up a service from them.

Apply for the scheme

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Setup to support those communities who are not planned for an upgrade to affordable high-speed broadband services in the nearer future. This project works in close partnership with the Better Broadband for Suffolk Programme.

Community scheme in action: Baylham Stone, Suffolk

Baylham Stone, SuffolkThe village of Baylham was due to get fibre broadband in 2017, but the small hamlet of Baylham Stone, just over a kilometre away, was beyond the economic reach of the deployment plan.

Residents got together and raised the money required to pay for a ‘self-dig’ scheme to route a fibre optic cable along a footpath joining the communities.

Working with the local landowner, the self-dig was completed, and the residents of Baylham Stone were able to join those in Baylham in benefiting from high-speed broadband.

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