Glasvezel De Wolden is one of the five winners of the European Broadband Awards 2016 competition. This bottom-up community driven initiative resulted in a super-fast fibre optic network connecting every home and company in the municipality. This is an excellent example in of high socio-economic impact and affordability.

Glasvezel De Wolden, Netherlands

The municipality De Wolden has about 10,000 homes spread over an area of about 227 square kilometres – an area considered unprofitable by commercial actors. A bottom up, community driven, for-the-people-by-the-people style initiative, Glasvezel De Wolden, built its own super-fast fibre optic network, connecting every single home and company in the municipality. Through a combination of market financing and governmental financing, this project secured the EUR 16 million needed to build the infrastructure. It is an example of a model, where private companies, energy companies and municipalities work together, demonstrating affordability of consumer prices and rentability for operators which attracted follow up investments in the upper layer (services).

“We campaigned, held information evenings, gave presentations in every town and community and eventually 85% of all the addressees expressed interest. And that gave us the “ammunition” to talk with providers, service operators and financers.” - Floris van Lint, Communications advisor Glasvezel De Wolden