Community Broadband

Information and advice to help communities get connected with good quality broadband

Introduction

We know that good quality internet connectivity is vital for communities, residents and businesses across our district. In a large rural district providing internet at the right quality and speeds can be a challenge. We are working with partners and providers to try and get the best possible connections for communities.

Our Community Broadband Programme includes a range of support measures to help communities and businesses. As part of our Communities Service we have a Community Broadband Officer to provide advice and guidance. We also provide Wi-Fi Hotspots in community buildings across the district.

The Governments vision is that by 2025 there will be fifteen million homes passed for full fibre connection and by 2033 most of the country will have access to full fibre to the premises. Through our Community Broadband Programme we will support rural communities to access advice, funding and other national schemes to improve connectivity.

Community Wi-Fi Hotspot Scheme

Since 2014 we have provided Wi-Fi hotspots in village halls and community buildings across the district. We are currently reviewing this scheme to ensure it meets the needs of communities and looking at the latest technology we can use.

If you are a community building and interested in this scheme please contact us below and we will keep you informed about any developments and opportunities to join.

Voucher Schemes

Residents may be eligible for the Superfast Voucher Scheme either individually or as part of a wider group. The type of scheme can help fund some or all of the installation costs to improve speeds in your area.

Small to medium sized business (SME) may also be eligible for a voucher to support the cost of gigabit-capable broadband.

For advice and to check if your area is eligible please contact us and we can research what is available for you.

Building Digital UK

In July 2018 the Government published ‘The Future Telecoms Review’. This document set clear ambitious targets for the availability of full fibre and 5G networks. The aim is to see 15 million premises connected to full fibre by 2025, with coverage across all part of the country by 2033 and that the majority of the population will have 5G coverage by 2027.

The review addressed key questions about the evolution of the UK’s digital infrastructure such as the convergence between fixed and mobile technologies, and the transition from copper to full fibre (gigabit-capable) networks. The review also identified that approximately 10% of UK premises, largely in rural and remote locations, would be unlikely to receive gigabit-capable connections by 2033.

An ‘Outside-In’ approach was proposed in the review to ensure that gigabit-capable broadband to premises in the final 10% can be delivered along with the rest of the UK. Since then, the scope of this scheme for the hardest-to-reach premises has increased from the final 10% to 20%. In May 2019, the Chancellor announced a £5 billion commitment to fund gigabit-capable deployment in the hardest to reach 20% through the ‘Outside-In’ approach.

More information on the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport vision for a connected country can be found on the Building Digital UK webpages.

Online Lincolnshire

Building Digital UK (BDUK) is no longer looking at fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) delivery but will now go for the fibre to the premises (FTTP) network, which will result in the planned work for West Lindsey being pushed into Phase 3. The tender for this contract was sent out on 3rd September 2019 with the contract to be agreed on 3rd March 2020.

At this time the tender process has been extended to April 2020 and split into two geographical areas for delivery based on postcodes:

  • Area 1: DN and LN postcodes
  • Area 2: NG and PE postcodes

There will be areas within West Lindsey which unfortunately will be unable to receive fibre to the premises (FTTP) due to network and costing restraints so other ways of giving a better service will be explored.

Contact

If you would like a Community Broadband Consult please contact us. We will arrange to speak or meet with you and discuss your local needs and then try to best match you to support and funding available.

E-mail: community@west-lindsey.gov.uk