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.
Community Fibre Partnership
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 (learn more about the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme) 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 solution (read our FAQ section to learn more about fibre / superfast broadband solutions).
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. Find out more at Openreach's Community Fibre Partnership website.
Self-help solutions include 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 have more information on our website about self-dig schemes. We proactively encourage self-dig schemes. Please contact us if you are interested in a self-dig scheme. We can then connect you with other interested parties and, where possible, facilitate communities to be aligned with existing upgrade schemes.
East Suffolk Council: Enabling Better Broadband in East Suffolk
This project was set-up to support those communities who are not planned to receive an upgrade to affordable high-speed broadband services in the nearer future. The project works in close partnership with the Better Broadband for Suffolk Programme. Visit the East Suffolk website to find out more.