Anyone over the age of 16. 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?
Unfortunately not at this point. We hope that neighbouring villages will wish to join our network in the future.
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. We are also talking to local IT companies to see if there are other options available to support the Community Benefit Society.
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 will be run through the fields around the edge of the two villages. Individual connections will then be brought across the garden to each property that wants to be connected.
What about the centre of Fiskerton and Morton?
It will be more difficult to build the network in the more built up areas of the two villages.
As a first step we plan to build a high performance, mesh radio network so that these areas can get online quickly, but the plan is to fill in the FTTH network 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.
How long will it take?
We hope to have the first properties connected within 3-4 months of launching the share offer and the whole network installed and operational within 12 months. This will depend on how much support we get – with plenty of volunteers the project can easily be completed in these timescales.
Will I get 1Gbps?
Not straight away; when we first start building the network everyone will be connected at 100Mbps – regardless of whether you are on a fibre or wireless connection. As the number of subscribers increases and we expand the fibre network we expect that the backbone will be upgraded and the target is to deliver 1Gbps over fibre to everyone. The 1 Gbps connection to the national broadband backbone will be shared between all the properties in the villages so each individual connection will obtain a speed of “up to” 1Gbps.
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 are likely to be in the range of 75Mbps to 100Mbps depending on the time of the day when the test is run. When we upgrade to 1Gbps 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.
What happens if you don’t raise enough money?
If we do not raise enough money then the project will not proceed.
We very much hope that we do get enough support as this is one off opportunity to deliver a future proof broadband solution for our villages.