02 May 2019
New Voucher Scheme Could End Slow Broadband Misery
Leicestershire and Leicester businesses and homes can now apply for the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS) as part of the government’s £67million investment commitment to make a “full fibre Britain”.
Eligible businesses and homes will be able to access the nationwide voucher scheme and be approved for vouchers worth up to £3000 for a small or medium sized business or £500 to residents, to support the capital costs of upgrading their broadband and gigabit capable connections.
The UK now has 95% coverage for superfast broadband with speeds of 24 megabits per second or higher. However, most superfast connections still depend on copper telephone wires, which are limited in the speeds they can support. For the fastest and most reliable broadband, capable of delivering gigabit speeds, a full fibre connection is required.
One gigabit is the same as 1,000 megabits – so it’s a big leap forward in connection speeds that could benefit you and your business into the future. Full fibre also supports symmetrical connections – meaning your upload and download speeds can be the same.
This scheme is part of a wider government plan to get more homes and businesses connected to full fibre broadband and forms part of the Government’s commitment to make superfast broadband available to at least 10 million homes and businesses by 2022.
Full fibre connections are faster, more reliable and cheaper to operate than traditional copper lines, and are capable of supporting not only gigabit, but terabit and even petabit speeds, which will serve the UK far into the future. Currently only around 3% of UK premises have access to a full fibre connection.
Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond said:
“We’re backing Britain’s small businesses by investing £67 million to bring full-fibre broadband to more businesses up and down the country. This means faster, more reliable broadband access as we build the digital infrastructure we need to make our economy fit for the future”.
Superfast Leicestershire, a Leicestershire County Council led programme, is on track to deliver superfast fibre broadband to 96% of Leicester and Leicestershire by the end of the year.
Over 67,000 premises in Leicester and Leicestershire already have access to superfast broadband. You can check whether you can already upgrade by visiting the our interactive map or get in touch with the team on firstname.lastname@example.org
How do you apply?
The scheme is only accessible through broadband service providers, so if you are interested in receiving a voucher:
1. Check whether there are suppliers in your area in the postcode by searching on the gigabit website
2. Check whether you are eligible for a voucher by reading the criteria listed on the website
Vouchers are issued to the supplier only to offset the cost of installation to your premises.
For full details about whether you are eligible for a voucher and to connect you to a full fibre broadband supplier, go to: https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk
Not sure if this voucher scheme is for you?
You still have until December 2018 to apply for the Better Broadband Scheme. This scheme targets anyone who regularly is unable to access basic broadband of a speed of at least 2Mb per second, and where there are no plans to provide superfast broadband access within 12 months.
Visit our Better Broadband Scheme page to find out more information.
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