We are lucky in North Yorkshire that there is now appreciation that community broadband can deliver next generation broadband. It could be the only economically viable solution for remote rural areas and that is as much as 25% of the population of North Yorkshire according to a recent survey. NYNET responsible for operating North Yorkshires optical fibre ring on behalf of North Yorkshire Council are appealing for villages or hamblets and individuals where there is demonstrable market failure, ie the user is unable to do the basic necessities of working from home, kids do their homework, or have access to new media (iplayer) to get in contact. There is promise of possible funding for future projects after the 2 pilots presently going ahead in which we are involved in delivery.
L N Communications specialise in providing broadband to notspot/slowspots. We have community networks throughout North and East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. Now rolling out next generation wireless networks and working with NYNET to help create community projects for whole villages. We are the only provider in large areas of the national parks
Modern Radio network equipment is inexpensive(similar to a domestic router) and large scale networks capable of delivering fibre optic speeds at distances of many miles for less tha £200/connection for infrastructure, gateways and client installation have in the last few monthes become possible.
Wireless will be the future of rural broadband and the 'last third' that the so called telephone tax is aimed at, but that willl never be accepted by the incumbant telecoms, satellite providers, or INCA eager to get there hands on it. BT's BET technology and trying to push satellite technology designed for broadcast to do unicast is not going to deliver even todays user's expectations of proper boradband. Fibre could happen but realistically digging trenches up mountains is going to costs 1000 times more than current wireless.
Fi Wi is a term coined to describe the idea. Simply where the fibre runs out then wireless takes over as there are no losses with distance or number of' hops'
The tricky bit is bringing communities together to make this happen and educating them on their real options. And its thanks to sites and forums like this may help potential champions to surface.
The next problem is backhaul: We need general acceptance that communities where there is market failure that access should be granted to the public sector infrastructure and allowed to piggy back. This is happening in a few enlightened counties ie Kent and North Yorkshire but it should become public policy, and vehicles like NYNET created to batter down the impediments to progress. Duct sharing coming under a beefed up and more effective OFCOM would also help the last third.... if your listening Mr Timms as would clarifying VOA stance on 'rating' next gen wireless for this sector
Anyone wishing to know more please make contact.
CLANNET were winners of Local Hero award for' Making a difference in the community' 2007