Cybermoor was one of 7 companies that delivered a pilot project for carry out for Broadband Delivery UK connecting isolated properties using social investment..  This section covers the project and has links to the relevant reports and Broadband in a Box - a guide for new community based broadband projects.   

This project aimed to assess how broadband projects delivered and funded by social enterprises for isolated (often rural) communities could secure finance and STVnewsreduce the costs over deployments by conventional operators.

The primary object of this Market Test Pilot was to assess the suitability of social investment for rural broadband projects – two aspects were investigated:

  • The appetite of social investors in rural broadband projects such as Social and Sustainable Capital and Social Investment Business
  • Community and crowd sourced funding, via community shares

In both cases, social investment was more challenging than anticipated and more details can be found in the report.

The cost reductions of building a network using a social enterprise that had links to local landowners and contractors were clearly demonstrated.

  • The delivery of the network has been achieved on time and to budget
  • The project is in the latter stages of delivering a mixed (FttH, FWA) solution
  • Customer sign-ups are still underway.

Reports were released during the project:

1) Feasibility report

2) Download the interim reports

3) Final reports - will be released by BDUK during summer 2016

The BDUK reports covering all of the Market Test Pilots can be downloaded here.

Broadband in a Box

The "Broadband in a Box" document pack provides a set of documents that fledgling broadband organisations can use when setting up their own projects.  If you are interested in finding out more about the project or delivering something similar in your own community, please get in touch by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 01434 382 808.  We provide services to Local Authorities and groups who are grappling with bringing broadband to hard to reach areas.