The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme was initially launched in March 2018 with the aim of increasing gigabit-capable coverage across the UK.

Could your premises be eligible for a voucher to get faster, more reliable fibre broadband?

While Government is currently providing up to £210m worth of voucher funding as immediate help for people experiencing slow broadband speeds in rural areas, the scheme has been on pause for most premises in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough due to the Project Gigabit procurement – but areas outside the procurement area may still be eligible for a voucher.

To check your postcode and find out if you’re eligible to apply, please visit the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme website.

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History of the Gigabit Voucher Scheme

The first phase of the scheme was 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 in the local area. The £67m fund was successfully used over two years.

In May 2019, the UK Gigabit 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 local group.

In September 2020 Connecting Cambridgeshire secured extra “top-up” funding from the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority to help connect groups of rural properties getting less than 30Mbps.

Community schemes

Some rural community groups formed partnerships with local network suppliers after having applied to the Government’s rural Gigabit Broadband Voucher scheme during the second wave of funding to install gigabit-capable fibre within 12 months.

This second wave of the rural Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme closed to new applications from groups in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough at the end of September 2021.

Read about one of the successful Cambridgeshire groups who used the Gigabit Vouchers to secure full fibre broadband.

If you have any queries regarding the scheme and how to apply when the vouchers are available again for your area, please contact us at contact@connectingcambridgeshire.co.uk.

Gigabit Voucher Scheme FAQs

What is the Gigabit Voucher Scheme?

The Gigabit Voucher Scheme is a government-funded scheme run by Building Digital UK which is part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to encourage and support businesses and business parks to access the new gigabit (1,000 megabits) fibre networks.

Why can’t I apply for a Gigabit Broadband Voucher?

The scheme is only for premises in rural areas and has been on pause for most premises in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough since September 2021.

This is because in January 2022, Building Digital UK launched their Project Gigabit procurement 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 afterward.

To avoid duplication of government subsidies, vouchers are paused in areas targeted by the procurement.

We will know more about which areas are not included in Project Gigabit after the announcement at the end of 2022.

Can I get quotes from multiple suppliers?

Of course you can! And if you’re eligible to apply and you find a supplier that has not registered to be part of the scheme, they can register at https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/for-suppliers/.

Is Connecting Cambridgeshire running this scheme?

No. This scheme is run by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) not by Connecting Cambridgeshire.

For more information on the scheme visit https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk

Other funding support for broadband

Households and businesses with broadband speeds below 10mbps can request decent connections under the Government’s Universal Services Obligation.