My local community of about 20 homes in semi-rural Scotland currently lives in a "not spot", receiving a max of 0.5Mbps ADSL over copper with low probability of obtaining fibre in the future. We are about 5km from the nearest exchange, and 1km from our cabinet.
With the recent halt of the BDUK scheme, I've begun exploring the possibility of creating a community-funded, non-profit, self-run ISP and deploying reliable connections to each household in the area.
However, the initial quotes I've received for a gigabit leased line from the usual major providers have been too high to self-fund, even if all householders paid a share.
Are there any grants or funding schemes which help communities with internet access? I've Googled, and contacted the council, without success.
Alternatively, are there leased line providers who may be cheaper than the usual players?