General Questions

faq1Who can buy shares? Do you need to live in Fiskerton-cum-Morton to invest?

Shares are still available to anyone who would like to invest in a F4RN.  They can be bought by anyone over the age of 16 and you don’t have to live in the community or take up the broadband service.

How much share interest will be paid?

We are aiming to pay interest of 5% per annum but not until the accounts for the fourth year of operation have been audited and we are sure that we have enough in reserve to cover the interest payment.  This depends on the success of the scheme and it may not be possible to pay interest if we do not have enough subscribers on the network.

If I don’t invest can I still subscribe to the broadband service?

Yes – as long as you live in the parish of Fiskerton-cum-Morton we plan to make the broadband service available to you. This is a truly inclusive offer for the local community,

If I live outside Fiskerton-cum-Morton can I get the ultrafast broadband?

We don’t provide a service outside of Fiskerton and Morton at the moment, but we would be very pleased to work with groups of like minded people in neighbouring villages to help connect them to the F4RN network.    Please get in touch by email to info@f4rn.org.uk and we will be very pleased to meet with to explain what would be involved and also how you can obtain funding towards to the project.

Who will run the network once it’s built?

Initially the network will be built and operated by volunteers.  If it is a success then we will be able to pay staff to support the Society and to maintain the network.

Do you need wayleaves?

Yes – as this  network is being built by local people for the community benefit we expect that wayleaves will  be provided free of charge.  We already have the support of a number of key landowners, the Parish Council and the Sports and Gala Association. Over the next few months will be completing the route.

If a landowner refuses a wayleave then we will need to build the network around them. It also means that we will not be able to provide the landowner with an internet connection in the future without charging full commercial rates foe the work.

Where will the network go?

The main ducting is run around the edge of fields which means we can keep the cost of the network construction to a minimum. Individual connections will then be brought across the garden to each property that wants to be connected.

What about the centre of a village?

It will be more difficult to build the network in more built up areas.

One solution is to first erect a high performance, mesh radio network so that these areas can get online quickly, but then to replace the wireless links with fibre as quickly as possible.

The simplest solution and cheapest solution is to build the network across the gardens so we are relying on a high level of support. Disruption will be kept to a minimum and once the ducting is buried it will quickly forget it is there!

In some cases we may need to arrange for the ducting to be laid in the pavement, but this is expensive and needs to be kept to a minimum.  We are already talking to companies who can help us with road crossings and installation of ducting under pavements and will complete the plans in the coming weeks.

Will I get 1Gbps?

Not straight away;  the F4RN network currently has a 300Mbps, symmetrical connection to the national broadband backbone.  This is shared between all the properties that use F4RN so the speeds obtained depend on how heavily loaded the network is.

What does this mean in reality?  

When you us the internet, data is not downloaded continuously but in packets.   So at any one time, you are only using a small part of the capacity available and the packet will be downloaded very quickly.   If you run a speed test then the results may well be over 250Mbps (download and upload) , dropping to around 100Mbps at peak times.

When we intend to upgrade to 1Gbps at which point the speeds could well be 10 times faster!

If we ever find that we have so many subscribers that the performance if being affected then we will upgrade the main connection,

How long will the network last?

The ducting and fibre has a life of at least 25 years – probably longer.

If the fibre fails it can be pulled out of the duct and replaced with a new fibre.

The electronics in the main cabinet has a life of at least 10 years. This equipment is designed for quick replacement with minimum loss of service.

 

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