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UK Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

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The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has launched a new UK Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme on 8 April 2021 as part of the £5bn Project Gigabit programme.

The UK Gigabit Broadband Voucher will provide vouchers worth up to £1,500 for households and up to £3,500 for businesses in the hardest to reach rural areas (with current speeds of less than 100Mbps) to support the cost of installing new gigabit-capable connections when part of a group scheme.

The Scheme builds on the success of the Rutland Gigabit Voucher Scheme enabling those in the hardest to reach parts of the UK to benefit from lightning-fast next generation broadband.   

About the scheme 

The government is committed to delivering lightning-fast, reliable gigabit-capable broadband to everyone in the UK as soon as possible, working hard with broadband providers to accelerate their commercial development plans.

For hard to reach areas where broadband is more costly to build, the government is investing £5 billion to ensure places are not left behind.

The rollout to hard to reach areas of the UK will be subsidised by government contracts, awarded to broadband providers over the next few years until the whole of the UK is connected. The rollout has already begun.

If you and your community are not included in any commercial rollout plans and you do not want to wait for your area to be connected through the Project Gigabit rollout, you can apply for UK Gigabit Vouchers through this scheme.

Visit the Government gigabit voucher website

Who is eligible for the scheme? 

Homes and businesses in a rural location which meet the criteria set out on the following link can use vouchers to support the cost of installing new gigabit-capable connections.

Applicants must be part of a group scheme (minimum of 2 homes or businesses).

Find out who is eligible

Use the Government's postcode eligibility checker

How do the vouchers work? 

Homes or businesses that are eligible for gigabit vouchers can access the scheme through a supplier.

Voucher funding can only be used through a broadband supplier registered to this scheme as part of a broadband upgrade project shared with your neighbours. A supplier may already be developing a project in your area or they may be able to develop a new project if there is enough demand in your community.  

They will need to develop a project proposal to connect you and your neighbours, and then request vouchers on your behalf.  Funding is only committed when a voucher requested on your behalf has been approved by us, and we have your agreement to our terms and conditions. 

View the step by step process to activate a voucher

How do I find out if I am eligible for the Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme?  

  1. Your house or business must be in rural areas
  2. Your available broadband speeds must be less than 100Megabits per second (and not gigabit-capable)
  3. You must be part of a group project (two or more premises)

Check if you are likely to be eligible  and search for a registered supplier

Your chosen supplier will be able to advise and support your eligibility and guide you through the process.

How do the Vouchers work?

Business or residents who are eligible for either of the gigabit vouchers access the scheme through a supplier. The chart below shows the step-by-step process that each voucher recipient will go through to activate their voucher. 

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What do I do next?

  1. Talk to suppliers active in your area for the connection deal that is right for you
  2. Your chosen supplier will advise you on your eligibility and guide you through the process.
  3. Commit to a 12 month contract with your supplier for a product with speeds of at least 30Mbps through a gigabit capable connection.

Case Studies

Bauhaus-Aberdeen_Case-study.pdf

East-Hagbourne-CFP_Oxfordshire _Case-Study.pdf

Edenvale-Young-Bristol_Case-Study.pdf

Nuco-International-Coventry_Case-study.pdf

Sun-Salads-Cranbourne_Case-study.pdf

Westmorland-Vetinary Group-Kirkby-Londsdale_Case-Study.pdf  

Forming a Community Scheme

Urban and rural communities have successfully improved full fibre broadband connectivity in their area by combining their Gigabit or Rural Gigabit Vouchers to create community schemes with their broadband suppliers.

Guidance for rural community groups who want to initiate a group scheme and a list of suppliers who have successfully delivered community projects using a mix of residential or business gigabit vouchers can be found in the following link.

Community Schemes

This downloadable flyer provides an easy guide to share with your local community (see Useful Links pdf).

DISCLAIMER - the information from this page comes from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport's (DCMS) website, and is subject to change, so for the latest updates visit the DCMS's Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme website.