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.
Neighbouring businesses are being encouraged to pool their vouchers together with other SMEs or with residents to share costs; 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/
Frequently Asked Questions
How does it work?
There is a six-step process (detailed in the infographic below) to accessing a gigabit connection through this voucher scheme. Businesses or residents that are eligible for gigabit vouchers must contact a supplier and they will apply for a voucher on your behalf.
How do I find out if I am eligible for the Gigabit Voucher Scheme?
Gigabit vouchers can be used by small and medium-sized businesses and the local communities surrounding them to contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit capable connection.
Individual businesses and group projects can claim up to £2,500 against the cost of connection. Residents can benefit from the scheme as part of a group project which also includes businesses, and can claim for a voucher of £500. Up to ten residents can be included in one SME application.
For full details about whether you are eligible for a voucher and to connect you to a full fibre broadband supplier, visit the following pages:
How businesses can get involved?
The scheme is supplier-led, so if you are interested in receiving a voucher and there are no registered suppliers in your area you can approach a supplier and encourage them to register for the scheme. The scheme is open to registration for both national and regional suppliers.
You can boost your voucher value by joining together with other businesses and residential customers. Once you have a group of other users in your area your supplier may be able to pool your vouchers together to subsidise the cost of installing a connection.
If you are a business, find a supplier in your area.
How residents can get involved
If there are businesses and other residents in your area who want to install a gigabit capable connection you may be able to benefit from a voucher worth up to £500 as part of a group project led by a supplier.
You can approach a supplier in your area to see if there are any group projects you may be able to join. If there are no projects in your area, you may be able to join up with other residents and local businesses and approach a supplier directly.
If you are a resident, find a supplier in your area.
For more information on how it works: https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/home/how-do-vouchers-work/