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The internet is transforming the way we live, work and play. With fibre broadband everyone in your home can use their PCs, laptops, smartphones and tablets, at the same time - without the web grinding to a halt.

Supermarket shopping online, downloading films and music, researching family heritage, speaking to friends and family far away or just catching up on missed TV, the internet is fast becoming the centre of daily activity – enabling families and individuals to conduct their day-to-day lives from the comfort of their homes.

The problem is, traditional copper wire internet connections often can’t cope with our modern day demands on it, making internet connections slower and hindering us from completing the activity we set out to do. With fibre broadband the internet connection is much faster to begin with enabling you to do more and achieve things quicker, so even if it slows up a little it’s much less of an issue.

Take a look at our case studies to see how fibre broadband can change the way you live when in the home and out and about.

Superfast broadband rollout is one of the fastest in the world

Superfast broadband is currently available to 78% of homes and businesses in the UK and is increasing everyday. The rollout of the project has been steadily increasing since in began in 2012. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport who help fund the project are hoping that by 2017 the fibre broadband coverage across the UK will be increased to 98%. Though fibre broadband might not be for everyone there are a number of benefits and endless opportunities. It’s more reliable, lets you make video calls, do homework online and stream music, all at the same time – and at much higher speeds.

Is fibre broadband for you?

We’re not saying it’s for everyone, if you use the internet to check your emails occasionally and see how much the house down the road just sold for and you don’t have to wait for it to load then it’s probably unnecessary.

However, if you find yourself often muttering “come on, come on!” whilst staring exasperated at an egg timer on your screen then this could make your world a much faster place.

You’ll most likely benefit if you:

  • Have really slow internet speeds
  • Live with lots of people using the internet at the same time
  • Download and watch a lot of movies online
  • Use video calling services like Skype
  • Have a TV service like YouView, where you stream content from the web
  • Work from home where you regularly download and upload large files
  • Play games online
  • Download e-books straight to your computer
  • Keep your files in the cloud, photos, documents, music and videos are all stored safely in the cloud where you can access them anywhere

Announcing the Rural Gigabit Voucher

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.

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