Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will be among the first areas in the country to benefit from the Government’s £5 billion Project Gigabit scheme, announced in March 2021, which will be bringing gigabit speeds to harder to reach areas.
Connecting Cambridgeshire has been working alongside Government to help them consult with broadband infrastructure suppliers about their plans and draw up an intervention area, showing all eligible premises in our county that can’t get gigabit speeds and are not likely to be covered by commercial plans.
Building Digital UK (BDUK) launched their Project Gigabit procurement in January 2022 to find a supplier to connect approximately 49,000 premises in Cambridgeshire and adjacent areas to gigabit-capable broadband. A contract with a supplier is expected to be awarded in November 2022, with work commencing soon afterwards.
Find out more about Project Gigabit on the official website.
How does the Project Gigabit procurement affect the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme?
Some rural community groups in Cambridgeshire had applied for the Government’s rural Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme, for funding to install gigabit-capable fibre before it temporarily closed for new applications while the Project Gigabit procurement takes place.
To avoid duplication of government subsidies, vouchers are paused in areas targeted by the Project Gigabit procurement in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
Premises in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough that are included in the intervention area for Project Gigabit will be not eligible to apply for Gigabit Broadband Vouchers until the procurement has concluded and BDUK have determined which premises will be covered by the project. If your premise has not been included in the Project Gigabit intervention area you may be able to apply for a gigabit broadband voucher. However, if your area is included in some firm commercial rollout plans then you may not be eligible for a voucher.
Check your premise on the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme website. In addition, you can speak to local suppliers to see if they have any plans. Where we know, and can share information about supplier plans we will do so on our postcode checker.
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