30 May 2019
Announcing the Rural Gigabit Voucher
This month the Government launched a new broadband voucher scheme to help those in need of a ultra-fast broadband connection.
As part of the Government’s Rural Gigabit Connectivity programme business and residents in some of the hardest-to-reach places in the UK are eligible for additional funding towards the cost of installing gigabit-capable broadband to their premises when part of a group project.
A single gigabit is as fast as 1,000 Megabits and 30 Megabits is considered superfast. Accessing a gigabit ultra-fast connection can open up a world of possibilities for those struggling with their current broadband speeds.
Rural premises, experiencing speeds below 30 Megabits per second (Mbps), will be eligible for between £500 and £3,500 per small and medium-sized businesses (SME) and between £500 and £1,500 per resident to support the cost of installing new gigabit-capable connections.
To find out more visit the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s website
The following summarises how the extension will work:
• Rural areas are identified by postcode in all parts of the UK
• Vouchers can only be used in group or project schemes
• Resident only projects are permitted
• Connections must be gigabit capable but the minimum speed taken by the customer is 30 Mbps
Guidance for rural community groups who want to initiate a group scheme can be found on the community group web-pages