An interesting thread!
At CommunityUK, we are providing COMPLETELY FREE Wireless Broadband services to communities in both rural and urban areas in the UK, along with a range of online "Community Networking" tools to help the community connect and get the best from the internet.
Currently operating in Hampshire and Kent, we are already talking to other communities around the UK with a view to providing our service.
It seems that the combination of genuinely FREE broadband offered, together with our community engagement and support approach is being seen as far more attractive to communities than a standard, highly priced, commercial alternative.
In addition, the fact that we are already connected with the Government's BDUK initiative and the DEFRA Rural Broadband team, we are able to provide a great deal of support and guidance when it comes to applying for government funding for such projects.
If anyone would like to know more about CommunityUK and what we are able to offer, please feel free to contact me directly.
The CommunityUK Concept Brochure is available to download from:- http://tinyurl.com/6srn3h4
Also, a recording of the BBC Click feature on our Pilot Project in Leigh Park, Hampshire can be viewed here:- www.youtube.com/thecommunityuk.