Community Fiber Partnership

Partner with FiberOne to get  fiber optic broadband to your community 

Partner with FiberOne to get  fiber optic broadband to your community 

General terms and condition.

What’s a Community Fibre Partnership?

We work with your local community to build a customised fibre solution to bring fibre broadband to homes and businesses.

We put a joint funding arrangement in place, which means we contribute some of the costs and your community funds the rest. We’ll then build the most affordable solution we can to meet your needs. We’ll also advise on any grants you might be able to get to help pay for your part e.g. from local authorities or the Government.

If your area already has fibre broadband, you can also use a Community Fibre Partnership to upgrade to even faster speeds.

Step 1. Use the fibre checker to see if your area is available under this program 

Enter your landline number or postcode into our fibre checker to see if you can get fibre, or if we’re planning to bring it to your area soon. If the fibre checker says ‘we’re not quite there yet’ that means that we don’t have plans to upgrade your area yet. So a Community Fibre Partnership could be a good alternative.

If you’re in an area that’s already getting fibre broadband (through Fibre to the Cabinet or FTTC) rather than direct to your premises (through Fibre to the Premises or FTTP), you could apply for a Community Fibre Partnership to upgrade this.

Step 2. Tell us you’re interested

Register to let us know you’re interested in a Community Fibre Partnership (don’t worry, you aren’t committing to anything at this stage). We’ll then email you a reference number, and details of what will happen next.

Around 24 hours later we’ll send you a second email with a link to a website. You can use this to fill in details of the addresses, postcodes and landline numbers of other local people who are interested in setting up the Partnership.

Step 3. Get local support

This is when you’ll need to start drumming up support in your area. Talk to your neighbours and local businesses about the benefits of fibre broadband. Our ‘reaching out to your local community’ leaflet provides some advice on how to do this. Or we can get involved directly – just let us know.

Step 4. We give you an estimate

At this point we’ll give you a ballpark cost to bring fibre to your area. We’ll cover some of the costs, so the price in the quote will be what we call ‘the gap’ i.e. the amount your community will need to pay.

You’ll now need to share this with your community. You might also want to talk to other local people or businesses about helping with funding (if you haven’t done that already).

You might also be able to get Government funding which could cover more than three quarters of the gap – for example if there’s a school or charity in your community you could be eligible for a grant of up to £30,000. Or the Gigabit grant might be able to help.

At this stage, we’ll need you to tell us if you want to go ahead, or if you’ve decided not to take things further (there’s still no obligation to do anything though).