Dunfermline EnableNet is the UK’s leading social enterprise internet provider
AN ENTREPRENEUR has launched the UK’s leading social enterprise internet service provider at Dunfermline with the aim of bridging the digital divide.
EnableNet – set up by Rob Flannigan – offers a 12 month plan to individuals and communities who otherwise could not afford service for 10 customers who have signed up with the Internet provider.
One charity already benefiting from the business is Fife Women’s Aid – with vulnerable women in shelters being set up with the internet for free.
Rob, 35, who has a background in business and marketing, was inspired to create the non-profit organization in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic which led many people to have no or minimal access to the Internet.
He believes that Internet access should be seen as a “utility” and not as a “luxury”.
“I had another business called ‘Enable Games’ that was started before the pandemic and was supposed to help people with disabilities participate in Esports competitions,” Rob told reporters.
“It fell apart in Edinburgh because working with vulnerable people was impossible.
“As I closed the business, I started to think about what I could do next. Everyone needs the Internet, but there is a digital divide.
“With the Scottish government pushing for digital inclusion and knowing that there would be people who would struggle to stay connected during the pandemic, I decided to launch EnableNet.
“We created an Internet service provider last year and started accepting customers two months ago.”
In addition to services for residents, EnableNet will also provide businesses with high-speed, leased-line broadband and VoIP for businesses telephone services.
It offers competitive internet speeds, shorter six-month minimum contracts and, according to Flannigan, is Scotland’s leading Single Order Generic Ethernet Access (SoGEA) provider. SoGEA enables fast, secure and stable Internet packages without the need for a landline.
Rob continued, “Internet access is not a luxury, it’s a utility – people need it to access benefits, find jobs, study, work and stay connected.
“COVID has shown that people need the internet more than ever, but many households in the UK are struggling to afford it.
“This inequality was exacerbated when the lockdown began and many Internet use became a lifeline for staying in touch with family, friends and work.
“We offer everything the great do, but we give back to the community instead of lining the pockets of our board members.”
Rob’s partner also works for the company and they are now able to recruit a sales development representative through Kickstart, a government program to get young people to work.
“It’s great that we can support people who are going through hardship with the profits our customers are making,” added Rob.
“I grew up with nothing in a very poor family in Ayrshire and now I am able to make a difference. I want to create opportunities for others.
“The goal is to end the digital divide one connection at a time.”
For more information visit: https://www.enablenet.co.uk/