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The story so far in Carleton

April 11, 2011

By Piers Tempest

We are at an exciting stage in Carleton, within about five weeks the fibre optic cable will be installed to the school in Bradley.

Once that is activated we will be beaming the signal to the top of the hill in Bradley, that will then provide a line of site transmission to the Mill in Carleton – and then high speed broadband can be accessed by the village.

We have ‘expression of interest forms’ in the Post Office and in the Swan in Carleton – and have about sixty signatures – if anyone is interested in getting superfast broadband – please sign!

The term for this delivery system is apparently Fi- Wi (Fibre Optic and then Wireless) for those that are interested!!

The picture shows Philip Beadnall of LN communications, the community broadband supplier, outside the Mill in Carleton on a recent site visit.

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  1. April 22, 2011 2:29 am

    Hello Piers,

    Sounds like you are making great progress in getting the all-important activity of aggregating demand and if you want to discuss how NextGenUs UK CIC goes about this process then please get in touch.

    Also worth having a look at for the First FiWi in North Yorkshire that NextGenUs pioneered back in February 2010.

    More recently gives some insights into the First gigabit FttH village in the UK that went live in November 2010

    An interesting point to note about the above network is that it did not involve one penny of public money to build.

    NextGenUs is has available now several £Millions of private sector investment for the further deployment of future-proof FttH and FiWi networks where communities are ready to step up en-masse and simply demonstrate sufficient demand for service to be commercially sustainable.

    If the local community is ready to step up and commit to take service then it may not require any public subsidy to make real progress utilising the school’s fibre link.

    As a Community Interest Company, NextGenUs UK CIC locks the monopoly assets of the networks it builds and owns.

    This is important to safeguard local communities from future exploitation due as asset sale to a non-CIC is prevented.

    The other key CIC benefit that NextGenUs provides is that currently guarantees a minimum of £2 in every £3 of operating surplus is redistributed according to the Community Interest Test.

    NextGenUs is not content to settle for FiWi and is committed to reinvesting surplus over time to achieve FttH as widespread as mains electricity is today.

    Community Interest Companies (CICS) are limited companies, with special additional features, created for the use of people who want to conduct a business or other activity for community benefit, and not purely for private advantage.

    This is achieved by a “community interest test” and “asset lock”, which ensure that the CIC is established for community purposes and the assets and profits are dedicated to these purposes.

    Registration of a company as a CIC has to be approved by the Regulator who also has a continuing monitoring and enforcement role.

    What kind of price are folks being asked to pay for service BTW?

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