Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

Posted: Fri, 13 Sep 2019 09:26

As part of the government's £67 million investment commitment to make a "full fibre Britain", Leicestershire businesses and homes have the opportunity to apply for two broadband vouchers that cover the cost of upgrading to a ultra-fast broadband network.

The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is open to communities with residential properties and business who, together, can apply for vouchers worth up to £3000 per small or medium sized business and £500 per residents, to support the capital costs of upgrading their broadband and gigabit capable connections.

The Rural Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is aimed at business and residents in some of the hardest-to-reach places in the UK. 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.

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.

These schemes are 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".

For full details about whether you are eligible for a voucher go to:

www.gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk

Tags: Community, Funding, broadband