Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is designed to give more businesses and surrounding communities access to ‘gigabit connectivity’ with fast and reliable internet speeds. Gigabit broadband is a full fibre solution that provides a speed of one gigabit or 1,000 megabits per second (Mbps).

Businesses increasingly rely on a range of applications and connected devices, cloud storage and cyber security systems that need superior internet speeds. Equally, there is increasing demand from residents who want good broadband services.

The voucher scheme enables businesses to claim up to £3,000 against the cost of a gigabit connection. Residents can claim for a voucher worth up to £500 as part of a group scheme that must include at least one business.

The benefits for businesses

Small or medium sized businesses can apply for a voucher worth up to £3000 to upgrade their broadband to a gigabit connection.

Benefits include:

  • Faster internet access for improved business operations
  • Faster download speeds
  • The same upload and download speeds
  • Providing a better customer experience
  • Free installation (up to £3000)

It is possible to boost the voucher value by joining together with other businesses and residential customers to cover or part-cover installation costs. 

The benefits for residents

Residents can only apply as part of a group project where vouchers can be combined. At least half of the total value of the vouchers in the project must be from one or more businesses.

Benefits include:

  • Faster internet – for online shopping, music/TV streaming, video calling and more
  • Ability to have several devices online at the same time with no deterioration in service
  • Ability to work from home due to better connectivity
  • No buffering
  • Free installation (up to £500)

Eligibility

Businesses have to be a small to medium sized enterprise to qualify, and have not received more than the permitted amount of de minimis aid in the last three years.

Residents can only apply as part of a group project which includes at least one business that qualifies for the voucher scheme. There is no minimum size for a group, but at least half of the value of vouchers must come from a business or businesses.

See the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) website for more information. 

How to apply

The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is being run by the broadband suppliers. This means suppliers will be requesting the voucher on behalf of their customers.

If you’re interested in the scheme, whether you're a business or resident, your first step is finding a supplier. There is a list here.

As a resident, you are only eligible for a voucher if you apply as part of a group. You can either contact a supplier and ask if there are any groups you can join in your area, or form a group locally which includes at least one small-medium sized business and approach a supplier directly.

Once the supplier has checked eligibility, they will request a voucher code from the government (the Department for Culture, Media and Sport) to contribute to the cost of a gigabit connection. 

For more information on the scheme including full terms and conditions, go to the DCMS website.

 

 

 

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