As part of the Rural Gigabit Connectivity programme announced by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport in May 2019, there is a new rural voucher scheme offering business and residents in some of the hardest-to-reach places in the UK, additional funding towards the cost of installing gigabit-capable broadband to their premises when part of a group project:
- £3,500 for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs)
- £1,500 per residential premise
Group projects are when two or more residents and/or SMEs combine their vouchers towards the shared cost of installation; single connections are not eligible for additional funding. Premises must meet eligibility and be defined as "rural" and also be currently receiving less than 100 megabits per second. The connection will then need to be gigabit-capable, with a minimum new speed taken by the customer as a "step change" - double current speed; at least 30Mbps.
The Rural Gigabit Connectivity programme will also accompany other BDUK Programmes that are delivering UK full fibre, such as ‘Superfast Broadband’ and ‘Local Full Fibre Networks’ and will not overlap with areas where a solution is already available or will be delivered through existing interventions.
- England & Wales – DeFRA definitions D1 – F2
- Northern Ireland – NISRA definitions E – H
- Scotland – NRS definitions 3 – 6
***Table above updated January 2020***
To find out more visit:
- Broadband for Rural Communities: https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/rural
- To find out which suppliers could deliver a connection through the scheme in your area, enter your postcode into the search box: https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/for-residents/suppliers