Description / Explanation

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 built an 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 profitability for operators which attracted follow-up investments in the upper layer (services).