Suffolk County Council is committed to getting superfast broadband to all premises in Suffolk. For some homes and businesses this may take a few more years - however, there are some other options for getting better broadband.
Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is responsible for two voucher schemes available to increase gigabit-capable connectivity in rural areas. They aim to help small and medium-sized businesses and residential homes not currently due to receive a future-proof full fibre broadband connection. Gigabit packages offer download speeds of up to 1,000Mbps. This huge leap in speeds could benefit you and your business now and in the future. Get the fastest and most reliable speeds for your business - find out more about the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme.
With a community self-help option, such as a community self-dig, you may be able to bring the broadband upgrade to your community forward. Through Openreach’s Community Fibre Partnerships, areas that are not included in any fibre roll-out plans can get advice and support to bring fibre broadband to their area. Our Community Schemes page has more information about the options available, and if you would like to learn more about self-dig schemes (and read some local case studies), please visit the self-dig page on our website.
Interim broadband solutions
There are also a number of interim broadband solutions available, such as satellite broadband, mobile broadband or wireless broadband. Read out interim broadband solutions page to find out more.
You may be able to receive some funding towards the cost of these solutions - the Government is introducing a broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO), which will give people in the UK the right to request a broadband connection at a minimum speed of 10Mbps. Under the USO, which is available from March 2020, eligible homes and businesses will be able to request a connection, where the cost of building it is no more than £3,400. The Ofcom website has more information about the USO.