A National Framework for Local Action
The costs of delivering next generation broadband are high and reaching 100% coverage is currently beyond the scope of the major private sector players. This means that without co-ordinated regional and local action many areas will be left without next generation broadband for many years to come. The adverse effect on the economic and social well being of large parts of the UK will be high.
Consequently there is a growing ‘patchwork quilt’ of regional and local projects working on the problem in their areas. INCA has been set up to help sew this patchwork together.
The members of the Independent Networks Cooperative Association (INCA) are supporting, planning, building and operating sustainable, independent and interconnected networks that advance the economic and social development of the communities they serve and permit the provision of applications and services through open competition, innovation and diversity. They are working together to create cohesive interconnected next generation networks.
INCA's role is to:
- Promote the development and adoption of common technical & business standards amongst local projects
- Underpin the development of next generation networks by developing joint purchasing and marketing approaches
- Act as a unified voice for local projects to government and industry
- Promote the sector and explain why next generation broadband is important
- Support the development of next generation broadband projects by sharing expertise and information
- Work with other agencies to promote and support local project opportunities
- Encourage partnerships with public, private and community sector organisations to facilitate investment and faster roll out of next generation broadband infrastructure, particularly in under-served areas – the ‘Final Third’ of the country.