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.


Community Fibre Partnership

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

Self-dig 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. 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.


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.

This is a national scheme to provide future-proof full fibre connections for homes and businesses.

Businesses can claim up to £3,000 against the cost of gigabit-capable (1,000 megabit) internet connections, either individually or as part of a group.

Residents can benefit from the scheme too if they are part of a group project which also includes businesses, and can claim a voucher with a value of up to £500.

The scheme is only accessible through broadband service providers. For more information about the scheme, including details of how to apply, please visit the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport's Gigabit Broadband Voucher website

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. Visit the East Suffolk website to find out more

Better Broadband for Suffolk partners