*Please note, this scheme has now closed for any new applications. Service providers will have 12 months from 14th May 2020 to complete their fibre build and connect each of the premises for which the vouchers have been issued*
The Government has launched a new scheme aimed at increasing access to full fibre broadband networks across the UK. Full fibre broadband connections offer the fastest and most reliable speeds available, and the government is committed to a vision of a full fibre Britain.
As part of this commitment, the Government is investing £67million for the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme from March 2018 hoping to encourage suppliers to invest in gigabit-capable services.
The scheme is aimed at businesses but also available to residents together in a group with businesses if businesses are the main beneficiary.
Through the scheme businesses and residents, can approach suppliers who can apply for micro-grants in the form of vouchers on their behalf to support the cost of deploying new gigabit-capable connectivity.
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.
Gigabit vouchers can be used by small and medium-sized businesses and the local communities surrounding them to contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit capable connection. Individual businesses and group projects can claim up to £2,500 against the cost of connection. Residents can benefit from the scheme as part of a group project which also includes businesses, and can claim for a voucher of £500. Up to ten residents can be included in one SME application.
For full details about whether you are eligible for a voucher and to connect you to a full fibre broadband supplier, visit the following pages:
• Eligibility criteria for businesses
• Eligibility criteria for residents
To find out more about the Gigabit Voucher Scheme, visit: https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/