BDUK Broadband Project
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 reduce 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:
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