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Can we Do it? Yes we Can! Malcolm Corbett - CEO - Community Broadband Network. CBN, the national picture and local responses. What are the ambitions and drivers behind projects around the UK? CBN NextGen Roadshows 2009

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Malcolm Corbett

  1. 1. The Future of Broadband is in the Community Malcolm Corbett, CEO Community Broadband Network
  2. 2. Community Broadband UK • CBN established in 2004 • Approx 200 local groups assisted • Delivering connectivity and services in the toughest areas • Mainly providing fixed wireless access • Mix of Social Enterprises & SMEs • Rural & urban projects
  3. 3. What Did These Schemes Achieve? From …. 60% nd st dba mo roa e th of b ins ey ma urv t re l s or i99.8% *** Toep….t ona r 6 e na 200 siv N ’s hen CB mpre ts’ co tspo*** Read the Small Print ‘no
  4. 4. The Next Generation Broadband Dilemma • New services need far higher speeds to deliver video content for business & entertainment • Current telecoms network can support this for only 50% of UK population • Rural areas & poor urban areas will be left behind • Investment required for NGA in UK estimated at £5bn (FTTC) to £30bn (FTTH) Broadband Stakeholder Group report into Next Generation broadband, April 2007
  5. 5. Top down National Roll-out “No business £30bn case” Cu Fibre Bottom up Community Coordination Organise demand Build the Investment case Develop Practical examples £30bn is a big number … £1500 per household / business is not t
  6. 6. The Patchwork Quilt is Growing
  7. 7. In September Francesco Caio reported In the short term, the case for a major Government intervention is weak … … but government should act now to support investment in NGA Francesco Caio speaking at the Next Gen 08 Conference, Manchester, November 2008 Create the conditions to favour the development of new investment models Establish standards for local NGA developments Direct Government support towards open access networks
  8. 8. Digital Britain Final Report The Next Generation Fund A supplement of 50p on all fixed lines Support for Localised Projects Support their capacity, scale and expertise Support the Independent Networks Co-operative Association (INCA)
  9. 9. Alston, Cumbria A Small Market Town
  10. 10. Alston & Alston Moor • 938 households • Population density = 24 homes per km2 • National average = 377 homes per km2 • The most sparsely populated parish in England Consequently the last place where NGA is do-able… … or is it?
  11. 11. Daniel Heery, Director Alston Cybermoor Operator of the local community wireless broadband network connecting 35% of local homes and businesses Offering community, health and business services Transforming ‘Cybermoor’ into ‘Fibremoor’, aiming to connect 100% of homes to next gen fibre and wireless A rural community-led project
  12. 12. A Next Gen Network for Alston • 100% of homes covered • Up to 100Mbps symmetric service • Cost per home - £2900 • No price premium over copper services w! • Investment case based on no – Long term financing gn – Community engagement gg Di – Limited public subsidy
  13. 13. Glasgow: West Whitlawburn Housing Co-op
  14. 14. • 500 households in a very poor community • Building 100 new properties • Installing p2p fibre • Launched Whitcomm, a new co-op to manage the service, at the Scottish Parliament in November • The first fibre connections go live in February 2009 • An urban housing led project Mike Appleford & Anne Anderson
  15. 15. Open Network E-Manchester E-M
  16. 16. • Revised indicative coverage • Pilot project to connect 500-1000 homes and businesses to fibre • £0.5m funding approved by NWDA in November 2008, tenders being prepared • Includes some of the poorest areas of the city • Aiming to create a ‘Living Lab’ testbed for new applications and services • Setting up a community co-op to organise services • A public sector regeneration-led project
  17. 17. A project to address these questions: What is the potential for communities to raise the sums needed to invest in NGA? Are there sustainable business models? What methods can be used to engage communities and deliver projects to meet their needs?
  18. 18. The digital revolution lies at heart of Britain’s success We must make sure own industries are competitive We must invest in the downturn for the future ... In technological infrastructure The infrastructure of the future is the digital network
  19. 19. er e mb R em … The Future of Broadband is in the Community Thank You Malcolm Corbett