Are you ready?
Rutland businesses and homes can now apply for the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS) as part of the government’s £67million investment commitment to make a “full fibre Britain”.
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.
Eligible businesses can claim up to £2,500 against the cost of connection either individually or as part of a group project. Residents can benefit from the scheme as part of a group project which also includes businesses. For every one business in a group scheme, up to a maximum of ten residents can apply for vouchers worth £500 each.
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 businesses into the future. Currently only around 3% of UK premises have access to a full fibre connection.
You can learn more about full fibre broadband and how the Gigabit voucher process works on this short video
Benefits to Small to Medium Sized Businesses and Communities
Find out how businesses and communities similar to yours are already benefiting from the Gigabit Voucher Scheme :
How to apply?
The scheme is only accessible through broadband service providers, so if you are interested in receiving a voucher:
1. Check whether there are suppliers in your area by searching on the gigabit website
2. Check whether you are eligible for a voucher by reading the criteria listed on the website
Vouchers are issued to the supplier only to offset the cost of installation to your premises.
For full details about whether you are eligible for a voucher and to connect you to a full fibre broadband supplier, go to https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk
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 £1500 per resident to support the cost of installing new gigabit-capable connections.
The following summarises how the extension to the current Gigabit Voucher Scheme will work:
Guidance for rural community groups who want to initiate a group scheme can be found on the website.
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