Better Broadband Scheme

Help available towards faster broadband

The Government has made a commitment to provide every home and business in the UK with access to faster broadband service so that browsing the web, maximising digital technology and keeping in touch with families and friends is easier.

Two options are available – Gigabit Voucher Scheme and Better Broadband Scheme:

1 Gigabit Voucher Scheme

This scheme is designed to benefit small and medium sized businesses, (SMEs) as well as the local communities surrounding them. The scheme forms part of the government’s vision of a Full Fibre Britain by offering the fastest and most reliable speeds available (up to 1,000mbps).

Businesses can form group projects with other businesses and residents before choosing a participating supplier in their area to complete the installation. The supplier will be able to claim discount vouchers from BDUK against the cost of the connection with up to £2,500 being available per business and £500 per residential premises. If the cost of the installation is more than the value of the pooled vouchers, the businesses and residents will need to fund the difference.

The ratio of business to resident vouchers allowed in each group project is based on a simple numerical ratio where, for every business connected through the scheme, up to ten residents can be connected with vouchers worth £500 each.

For more information see here


2 Better Broadband Scheme

A subsidised broadband installation is now available if you cannot access an affordable broadband service with a speed of at least 2 Mb per second.

You can check whether superfast broadband is available to you using the GoSuperfast checker and what your current broadband speed is using the  ADSL availability checker.

If, after making these checks, you believe your speed is less than 2 Mb per second and you have no other options available enter your postcode below to find out how to apply for help.

Taking out a broadband service under this Scheme will not prevent your premises from being considered for superfast broadband in the future.

The Better Broadband Scheme has been extended for a further year until 31st December 2019, ensuring that a subsidised basic broadband installation remains available to eligible applicants.

In support of this extension, BDUK is taking the opportunity to improve the scheme’s processes and functionality in order to deliver a more efficient and effective service.

The existing application process closed at midday on 31st December 2018 and, following a brief pause to implement the necessary changes, BDUK aim to re-launch the Better Broadband Voucher Scheme in January 2019.

Guide to the Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme.
Frequently Asked Questions Better Broadband subsidy Scheme

Current approved BBS providers active in the Cheshire area:

For a list of all suppliers active nationally see here