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 Schemes

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

In addition, as part of the Government’s Rural Gigabit Connectivity programme business and residents in some of the hardest-to-reach places in the UK are now eligible for additional funding via the Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme towards the cost of installing gigabit-capable broadband to their premises when part of a group project.

Rural premises, experiencing speeds below 30 Megabit per second (Mbps), will be eligible for up to £3,500 per
small and medium-sized business (SME) and up to £1,500 per resident to support the cost of installing new gigabit-capable connections.

Any postcode that falls into the rural voucher scheme will be highlighted when using the postcode checker.

 

2 Better Broadband Scheme

The Government’s Better Broadband Scheme ceased to accept new voucher requests on 29 November ahead of the closure of the scheme on 31 December 2019.

On 20 March 2020 Ofcom will launch the broadband universal service obligation to be delivered by BT and KCOM. Further details are available here:

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/phones-telecoms-and-internet/advice-for-consumers/broadband-uso-need-to-know

If you already have a voucher issued, your supplier must complete your installation by 31 December 2019.

This is how the scheme works for people with vouchers:

https://basicbroadband.culture.gov.uk/home/how-do-vouchers-work/