This group discusses the practical side of community broadband - allowing those involved in projects to learn from others and give those considering setting up projects an idea of what is involved.

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What is it for?

This group looks at how communities can shape their broadband services - from working together to stimulate demand through to building networks themselves. There are some great projects around the UK where people have grabbed the opportunity to develop new enterprises delivering broadband to communities deemed unviable by major internet companies.  Here we will share ideas and best practice on the pitfalls to avoid and how to overcome the practical challenges in coming up with your own broadband project.

Who is it for?

This group is for community champions who want to turbocharge their rural broadband connections by picking the brains of others who have done it before.  For those already developing and running networks its a chance to share those problems and find solutions.  

Discussion Forum

Wayleaves - how much should you pay? 11 Replies

When getting a scheme off the ground, its obviously best to pay nothing, but this is not always possible......One of the challenges in getting the broadband network built out is that when you find a landowner who does not appreciate the wider…Continue

Started by Daniel Heery. Last reply by Daniel Heery Oct 4, 2013.

Equipment for Rural Superfast Broadband 6 Replies

Could current implementers and future planned installers please give examples of the hardware AND software required to get a community led system up and running?We are well into the planning stage for a village of 200 properties and expect access to…Continue

Started by Ken Otter. Last reply by Ken Otter Feb 6, 2013.

Rural Broadband Manifesto for 2013 10 Replies

Over the past few months I have heard a range of wishes for how we could make things work better for broadband delivery in 2013. Early in the New Year I'll be publishing the Fiery Spirits broadband manifesto for 2013.   Its aimed at policymakers and…Continue

Started by Daniel Heery. Last reply by Daniel Heery Feb 6, 2013.

Webinar - Financing Rural fibre optic broadband - lessons from Sweden and the USA 1 Reply

Thanks to the 19  people who joined the financing fibre webinar - the recording  is available below or at  There is a problem with the audio on the USA video - please view it…Continue

Started by Daniel Heery. Last reply by Daniel Heery Dec 5, 2012.

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Comment by Daniel Heery on March 12, 2013 at 14:32

A new discussion paper from the Carnegie UK Trust and Community Broadband Network was launched last night in Parliament exploring the different options for future public investment in rural broadband to secure the best outcomes for remote communities. Download the report and discuss below.

Comment by Mike Perry on February 15, 2013 at 10:31

Thanks for the link John and couldn't agree more with your comments Dave.

Comment by Dave Hollings on February 15, 2013 at 10:22

The coverage of B4RN is welcome. But the report on the BBC website gives the impression that this is a one-off. I guess that's news values for you - something is only news if its new. We (who is we - good question) need to get coverage of many more community broadband schemes, so that people come to see this as a solution for their community, not an anecdote. As with community owned pubs and shops.

Comment by John Popham on February 15, 2013 at 10:16

Ans there was coverage of B4RN on ITV news too

Comment by Mike Perry on February 15, 2013 at 10:13

For those who missed it yesterday, there was some great coverage on BBC Breakfast,BBC Radio 5 and Radio 4's The Today Programme about B4RN (Broadband for the Rural North).  Here is a link to one of the articles from the BBC tech editor from yesterday -

Comment by Abby Hanson on November 23, 2012 at 15:37

Great/useful information coming from the Financing fibre in remote rural communities - lessons from Sweden and America webinar... Good Work!

Comment by Daniel Heery on November 16, 2012 at 20:04

New OFCOM infrastructure report shows that the average UK broadband speed is 12.7Mbs 

Comment by Simon Radio on September 23, 2012 at 17:21

The community has downloaded 1.2Tb of data from access point alone since 23rd July 2012. Thats quiate a lot of data!

Comment by Simon Radio on September 21, 2012 at 16:54

Just planning the Kinmuck Community Broadband Scheme whitespace trial. Should be up and running in November 2012.

Comment by Daniel Heery on September 21, 2012 at 14:45

Hi Simon

90% take up is fantastic!  With regards to the wind turbines, is the windfarm company not obliged to pay for moving the link to an alternative site?  You can normally put a temporary link in to keep the service going while its realigned - we had a quote for this from UK Broadband


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