Having completed stage 1 and stage 2 you should now be in a position to write a business plan for the community network and as application to CBS for Stage 3 Capital assistance.
It is essential that the business plan is realistic and is able to demonstrate that your project is financially viable.
Sustainability has long been an issue for community broadband projects. The ongoing costs of running and maintaining your network may be higher than you initially envisage. Consider the number of subscribers you are likely to obtain on your network and how much they are likely to be willing to pay for the service.
To apply for a Capital Assistance grant communities will have to demonstrate/provide the following:
o Project area overview (including community support and demand)
o Subscriber numbers for the first year
o Backhaul availability and costs
o The technical solution
o How the broadband service will be delivered (DIY or contract etc)
o Business model including cash flow projections
o Management arrangements
o Governance arrangements
o Other requirements as requested by your CBS adviser
A template business plan is available from your CBS Adviser
CBS Capital Assistance grant
CBS Capital Assistance of up to a maximum of 89% of capital infrastructure costs (supply and installation).