The government is committed to extending full fibre internet connections to all of Britain and in March 2018, they accounted the £67m Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme. But what is it and could your business use it?
More than 95% of the UK now has superfast broadband of 24 megabits per second or more. But many connections still rely on copper wires and these have limits as to the speeds they can handle. In order to receive faster and more reliable internet connections, a full fibre connection is needed. The aim of the system is to get everyone onto 1 gigabit connections – 1,000 megabits.
The scheme was established to be used by local communities and small businesses. The aim is to help with the cost of gigabit-capable internet connections. This allows businesses to claim up to £2500 against the cost of the connection, either on their own or part of a group project. Residents can also benefit from the scheme with a voucher up to £500. There is also the chance for harder to reach locations to receive extra funding, as announced in May 2019.
To use the scheme, you need a registered supplier to sign up with. The supplier requests the voucher from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport who confirm you want to go ahead with the work. The supplier then does the work and lets them know it is done. You get an email to confirm the service is operational. There are some final checks they you receive your payment.
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