Building our local infrastructure
Hampshire Community Broadband was founded in 2018 by residents in North Hampshire (with seed capital from Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council) to deliver world class full fibre broadband to the rural communities in the north of the county.
Since inception, HCB has buried over 65km of fibre cables across multiple land holdings with the full support of local estates, farms, landowners & residents to connect over 200 customers to the fibre network (1,000Mbps enabled) subscribing for various home and business broadband services. HCB, via it’s network partner, Fibre Options Ltd, is a registered supplier on the Rural Gigabit Connectivity Scheme which is designed to deliver gigabit-capable connectivity to locations not serviced by commercial suppliers (see the Funding & Installation box).
HCB’s current geographical is illustrated on the map below (the exact boundaries of which can expand should there be sufficient demand within adjoining neighbourhoods).
Below is a map that shows our coverage.
HBL could consider extending the network, should adjacent communities so wish.
HCB for the community by the community
HCB is run by a group of local volunteers who work closely with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sports (who administers the scheme) and various experienced technical parties providing; network maintenance, ISP services, repairs and support.
As a community led initiative, HCB thrives off the community’s support via wayleave permissions and voluntary services including; running the company, billing, book keeping, company secretary functions, website design &maintenance and marketing/sales.
Our role in the community is important to us, we welcome further volunteers and suggestions as to how we can improve the service provided and any additional services we could deliver over the fibre network.