Applications for the LFFN funded £67m gigabit broadband scheme that launched in March 2018 for small to medium-sized businesses and residents ended on 14 May 2020.
Although the scheme closed for new applications, service providers will have 12 months from this date to complete their fibre build and connect each of the premises for which vouchers have been issued.
The Rural Gigabit Vouchers Scheme (below) will continue to operate for homes and business in rural areas and remains open until 31 March 2021 (or until the funding runs out).
Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme
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 funding towards the cost of installing gigabit-capable broadband to their premises when part of a group project.
Rural premises with broadband speeds of less than 100Mbps can use vouchers worth £1,500 per home and up to £3,500 for each small to medium sized business(SME) to support the cost of installing new fast and reliable connections. This is subject to the eligibility rules detailed in the terms and conditions .
Group projects are when two or more residents and/or SMEs get together to combine their vouchers towards the shared cost of installation. Single connections are not eligible for funding under this scheme.
New connections should double your current speed but must be at least 30Mbps.
How do I find out if I am eligible for the Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme?
- Your house or business must be in rural areas
- Your available broadband speeds must be less than 100Megabits per second (and not gigabit-capable)
- You must be part of a group project (two or more premises)
You can check whether you are likely to be eligible for the Rural Gigabit Voucher and search for a registered supplier by visiting the Department of Digital ,Culture , Media and Sport’s Broadband for Rural Communities web page.
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.
What do I do next?
- Talk to suppliers active in your area for the connection deal that is right for you
- Your chosen supplier will advise you on your eligibility and guide you through the process.
- Commit to a 12 month contract with your supplier for a product with speeds of at least 30Mbps through a gigabit capable connection.
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.
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 please visit the DCMS's Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme website.