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Challenges 130606

  1. 1. Not aseasy asyou firstthink ….COMMUNITYBROADBANDNETWORK ….andwhat wehavelearned
  2. 2. CHALLENGESTechnologyPeoplePaperworkBureaucracyGetting Help
  3. 3. PAPERWORK & PEOPLE Paperwork and permissions Licences for contractors Permissions to dig the verge & fees to pay Permissions from land owners Natural England Finding people in County Hall that know the answer People “My business depends on having high speed broadband” “No you can‟t cross my land”
  4. 4.  Finding someone to ask for helpPRACTICALITIESThe European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas
  5. 5. CYBERMOOR NETWORK
  6. 6. ALSTON
  7. 7. BACKHAUL12 m mast30 m mastMt HooleyTower atFire stationshowing proposedantenna8 km fibre optic connection
  8. 8. GEOGRAPHY
  9. 9. LOW IMPACT
  10. 10. THE CLEVER BITS
  11. 11. PUBLIC INTERFACE
  12. 12. MAKING MISTAKES
  13. 13. BUREAUCRACY
  14. 14.  We are a social enterprise But focus on „Enterprise‟ with a social ethosUNIQUE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT
  15. 15. LEGISLATIVE ISSUES
  16. 16. MEMBERSHIP & COMPLIANCEAlstonParishCouncil
  17. 17.  Three different bandwidths + fibre connections Widely dispersed network which is subject to weather Wireless equipment needs constant monitoring Local contractors aren‟t always available when needed Accounts need to be open to funders scrutiny for many years RDPE requires that we hold all records until 2025 Limited funds = Limited manpower Flexible approach Amenable to out-of-hours callsMANAGING THE BUSINESS
  18. 18. GROWING THE BUSINESS
  19. 19.  Being an Internet Service Provider and running a network isnot a simple task Adverse events always seem to conspire Lack of resources is always a problem for community leadprojects Don‟t be dissuaded: a community solution may be the onlyone available Organisations such as Cybermoor, CBN etc can help reducethe unknowns and increase your changes of successSUMMARY
  20. 20. LESSONS1.Get all of the planning issues and permissions sorted beforeyou start2.Expect the unexpected – planning depts. etc do not expect todeal with „amateurs‟ and do not necessarily know the answerto your questions3.Work closely with the local landowners4.Be ready with options5.Don‟t be afraid to ask for helpand………finallyPersevere
  21. 21. THANK YOU

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