Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

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About the scheme

 

Get the fastest and most reliable speeds for your business with help from the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme!

 

The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is a national scheme run by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport to provide future-proof full fibre connections for homes and businesses.

Starting in March 2018, the programme launched the first wave of its programme, designed to encourage broadband service providers to build full-fibre networks in the UK for small to medium-sized businesses and nearby residents when part of a group scheme. The £67m fund was successfully used over two years and has now closed for new applications. For vouchers issued through the first wave of the programme, service providers will have 12 months from 14th May 2020 to complete their fibre build and connect each of the premises for which the vouchers have been issued

In May 2019, the programme launched its second wave of funding to support the cost of installing gigabit-capable broadband to homes and businesses in rural areas of the UK when part of a group scheme.

Homes and businesses in rural areas of the UK may be eligible for funding towards the cost of installing gigabit-capable broadband when part of a group scheme.

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. 

 

Am I eligible for a Gigabit Broadband Voucher?

 

There are certain eligibility criteria associated with this voucher.

  1. Your house or business must be in a rural area - ‘rural’ is defined using agreed standard measures in the relevant part of the UK. To check eligibility, please visit the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport website. 
  2. Your available broadband speeds must be less than 100Mbps.
  3. New connections should double your current speed but must be at least 30Mbps.
  4. You must be part of a group project (two or more premises) - 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 additional funding.

In addition, in order to qualify for a business voucher you will be asked to self-certify that you meet the European Commission definition of an SME. For more information on this definition, please visit the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport website.

 

How do the vouchers work?

Businesses or residents that are eligible for gigabit vouchers can access the scheme through a supplier.

The next section shows the step-by-step process that each voucher recipient will go through to activate their voucher.

 

Step-by-step voucher process

 

  1. Find a registered supplier and sign up for a gigabit capable connection.
  2. Your supplier requests a voucher from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The DCMS checks by email you are happy to go ahead. 
  3. Your supplier gets to work to deliver your new connection.
  4. Connected! Your supplier lets the DCMS know the work is done.
  5. DCMS checks with you by email that the service is live and working.
  6. DCMS sometimes make some further checks before they pay.

What do I do next?

  1. Talk to suppliers active in your area for the connection deal that is right for you.
  2. Your chosen supplier will advise you on your eligibility and guide you through the process.
  3. Commit to a 12 month contract with your supplier for a product with speeds of at least 30mbps through a gigabit capable connection.

This scheme is run by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and so for more information, please visit their Gigabit Broadband Voucher scheme website or watch the short video in the next section.

 

Video about the Gigabit Broadband Voucher scheme

 

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.