Superfast broadband is essential to the economic growth of Cambridgeshire
Fast, reliable Internet connections are vital for economic growth because it means businesses across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough can thrive and compete in a global world.
Increasing numbers of people work flexibly from home and better broadband means they can keep connected without having to spend time and money travelling.
Connecting Cambridgeshire has already rolled out superfast broadband to thousands of businesses and homes that would not be able to get it otherwise, and is aiming for 99% coverage by the end of 2020.
The programme has previously helped almost 2000 businesses across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to get connected, buy the latest technology, gain vital digital skills and create jobs, through several Government and European Union funded grant schemes
Now eligible businesses can boost their connectivity and get ready for gigabit speeds of the future through the Government’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (see below).
Businesses in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are being urged to make use of a £2500 voucher for gigabit broadband speeds before the scheme closes due to high demand.
The Government’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme can be used by small businesses (SMEs) and the local communities surrounding them to cover the cost of installing full fibre gigabit capable connections.
To ensure more businesses and homes benefit, the maximum value of the voucher is being reduced to £2500 to cover an individual connection.
Neighbouring businesses are being encouraged to pool their vouchers together with other SMEs or with residents to share costs, and now up to 10 residents can participate for every one SME.
The £67 million scheme was initially expected to run until March 2021, but high demand for vouchers means that funds are now expected to be committed a year earlier, and perhaps even sooner if the current success of the scheme continues to grow.
To check if you are eligible for a voucher and find a local full fibre broadband supplier, visit gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/