CO-OPERATIVES are leading the way in introducing communities to advanced broadband technology.
Malcolm Corbett, founder member of the Community Broadband Network, opened a fringe meeting at Congress looking at some examples of areas embracing new technologies.
He cited Eastserve, formed in a deprived area of Manchester, which is getting ready to launch its own radio station across the internet and Alston Cybermoor, which has a video on demand service.
Alston has also launched one of the most successful wireless broadband networks in the UK, with 31 per cent of the area's population connected to the exchange ? shadowing a national average of 12 per cent.
Andy Love, Labour/Co-op MP for Edmonton and chair of the meeting, said: "People don't understand the potentials of broadband. Especially developing it for community use through co-operatives."
Calder Connect Co-operative (3C), based in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, was one of the first community broadband co-op providers in the UK. Its secretary Anne Handley thanked co-operators for their support. She said: "Collective efforts from people in the community and the Co-operative Movement has helped our cause.
"We established ourself as a virtual internet service provider and received a lot of support from the Phone Co-op, which is where we buy our broadband connections.
"The Industrial Common Ownership Fund (ICOF) loan we received was a great boost because it showed that they believed we had a viable business plan. United Co-operatives has also dedicated support and promised future funding."
For further information on the Community Broadband Network visit www.broadband-uk.coop.
In this article
- British co-operative movement
- Broadband Network
- broadband technology
- Business models
- Community Broadband Network
- Consumers' cooperative
- Contact Details
- Debt Financing
- Malcolm Corbett
- Phone Co-op
- Social economy
- Social Issues
- The Co-operative brand
- The Co-operative Group
- video on demand