Community Broadband Initiatives: what makes them successful and why?

Claire Denise Wallace, Kathryn Vincent, Cristian Teodor Luguzan, Hilary Clare Talbot-Ponsonby

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Although access to broadband has become a facility embedded in everyday life, many communities still have poor or no connectivity, especially in rural areas. The paper considers how some local communities have taken matters into their own hands and set up their own community broadband infrastructure in the UK. The paper examines four case study rural communities in terms of the organisation of broadband provision. It identifies common skills and resources that were necessary in order for these community broadband initiatives to be successful in the form of five capitals: human, technological, identity and financial.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-117
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of the 7th International Conference on Communities and Technologies
Early online date1 Jul 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Bibliographical note

The authors would like to thank the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council for their support through grant number (EP/G066051/1) Digital Economy Hub and grant number (EP/K003585/1) Communities and Cultures Network+


  • community broadband
  • social enterprise
  • social capital
  • technology
  • communications technologies


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