The “Final 4%”
Leicestershire County Council’s vision is to ensure that all residents and businesses in Leicestershire have access to the broadband speeds they need.
Through the Superfast Leicestershire programme we are working to ensure that 96% of all homes and businesses have access to fibre broadband, delivering superfast speeds, by the latter part of 2018.
By March 2016 we had enabled access for over 65,000 properties, having installed more than 200 miles of new fibre cable, more than 300 roadside fibre cabinets and reaching almost 150 towns and villages.
In the current phase (Contract 2), we are bringing fibre broadband to another 15,000 county properties as well as 10,000 in Leicester City. Our When and Where page outlines the expected deployment. If you’ve not done so already, we recommend checking out our interactive map for details for your postcode.
The next phase was approved in June 2017 and will bring quicker connection speeds to the remaining three per cent of Leicestershire homes and businesses – mainly in hard-to-reach rural areas.
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
What can I do if I can’t wait to find out if I’m included?
There are a range of options to boost your broadband speed today. To start, we would recommend checking out our top ten tips to boost your connection.
After that, check out the sections below to see if you can benefit from our subsidised voucher scheme, commercial provider initiatives or if you can make the switch to wireless broadband.
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Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme
If you can’t currently access basic broadband of at least 2Mbps, then our subsidised satellite and wireless scheme can help.
A voucher of up to £350 is available towards the set up costs of a better broadband service from a range of government approved satellite and wireless providers. To find out more click here.
Alternative suppliers and options
Across Leicestershire there are number of suppliers offering initiatives to support businesses and communities to gain access to superfast broadband:
- Openreach: part privately funded solutions are supported by Openreach through its Community Fibre Partnership scheme.
- Gigaclear offer a Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) solution for clusters of communities based on registered demand.
- Warwicknet is investing in Leicestershire to boost speeds on business parks.
- Virgin Media is seeking to increase coverage across the UK. It has established Cable My Street to capture local demand.
Wireless broadband utilises line-of-sight radio technology to boost broadband speeds. Some suppliers already have coverage in Leicestershire. The list below shows approximately which area each company covers. Please note that not all wireless suppliers are approved under our subsidy scheme.
- Buckminster Broadband (Buckminster Estate in Melton Borough)
- I Need Broadband (Charnwood, Melton, North West Leicestershire, Hinckley and Bosworth, Market Harborough)
- HERBS Broadband (east Harborough district and south Melton Borough)
- Zippynet (most of south & west Leicestershire)