BT drops price of Community Fibre Partnership scheme
May 11th 2017, 15:44 by Charlotte Whyatt
Telecommunications giant BT have confirmed that they’ve reduced the final cost of many of the projects they’ve chosen to co-fund under their Community Fibre Partnership scheme.
The program is designed to help the final 5% of communities across the UK who’ve yet to benefit from a fibre broadband service.
It works either via a joint funding arrangement where BT cover the costs in line with their commercial model and the community club together to cover the rest, or by BT acting to donate a £20,000 grant to a community which they can then put toward the roll-out of any kind of fibre technology.
This second option however will only be offered to a community if the new ultrafast broadband is set to benefit an organisation like a school.
A recent example would be the Maltings Park Estate in Witham, Essex who wished to upgrade the quality of their current broadband by equipping two green street cabinets with fibre to the cabinet technology.
BT originally quoted the project as costing an eye-watering £14,883, but after some careful consideration and watching the community struggle to meet the target they decided to lower the total cost to a more achievable goal of £11,783.
At the start of 2017, BT announced that their Community Fibre Partnership scheme had managed to land its 200th project. So far, they’ve managed to help over 20,000 homes and businesses across the UK get connected up to fibre broadband and hope to help more than 40,000 more over the coming year.
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