Project Gigabit

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will be among the first areas in the country to benefit from the Government’s £5 billion Project Gigabit scheme, as 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 with the Project Gigabit procurement preparation. We have been consulting with broadband infrastructure suppliers about their plans so that we can draw up an intervention area, showing all eligible premises in our county that can’t get gigabit speeds.

The Government (DCMS) procurement has now been launched and the current plan is to award a contract in November/December 2022 that will cover as many premises as possible in Cambridgeshire currently unable to access gigabit speeds.

Find out more about Project Gigabit on the DCMS website.

Community schemes and the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

Some rural community groups in Cambridgeshire have previously formed partnerships (like the Openreach Fibre Community Partnerships) with local network suppliers – having applied for the Government’s rural Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme for funding to install gigabit-capable fibre, before it closed for local applications on 24 September 2021.

To avoid duplication of public subsidy, the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is currently paused to new applications from premises in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (community group schemes that were pre-registered with suppliers were still able to progress).

Residents in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will not be eligible to apply for Gigabit Broadband Vouchers again until we know whether they will be included in the Project Gigabit rollout. If for any reason your premise is not included in the Project Gigabit intervention area you will be able to apply for a gigabit broadband voucher sometime in late 2022, after the procurement has completed.

Although the scheme is currently on pause for applications from premises in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough due to Project Gigabit, you can check the eligibility criteria for the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme on the official website.

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