As part of the new Rural Gigabit Connectivity programme announced by DCMS in May 2019 there is a new voucher scheme available for the harder-to-reach places in the UK that may be eligible for additional funding towards the cost of installation when part of a group project. Rural premises with broadband speeds of less than 30Mbps can use vouchers up to:
- £3,500 for small businesses
- £1,500 for residents
The Government is committed to a vision of a full fibre Britain and has set the target of reaching 15 million premises with full fibre by 2025 and a nationwide network by 2033. The funding for the RGC programme has derived from the Government’s National Infrastructure Productivity Fund (NPIF), which is designed to strengthen UK productivity and raise living standards.