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Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

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Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

SME businesses across the UK, including all parts of Cumbria can now benefit from grants of up to £3,000 to get gigabit broadband installed as part of a £67 million scheme run by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Suppliers will be offering vouchers worth up to £3,000 each to local businesses which can then be used to pay for the installation of Gigabit speed connections. All small businesses, including sole traders, with less than 249 employees and that have not exceeded the minimum threshold for EU funding (this threshold differs between types of companies, please ask your supplier what these are for your business) are eligible. Where a business is working with a supplier and the local community, residential properties can also be offered vouchers by suppliers of up to £500. More details on this scheme can be found at  https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/.  The aim of this scheme is to encourage the market to extend full fibre infrastructure in the UK by increasing demand and reducing the cost to customers. Please note

The benefits of a full fibre Gigabit broadband connection include:

●  allowing businesses to upload and download massive files in a matter of seconds 

●  enabling widespread use of videoconferencing throughout an organisation 

●  providing an unprecedented level of reliability whilst greatly enhancing resilience 

●  future proofing - making sure that businesses have the technology in place to deal with the ever increasing demands for internet speed and connectivity. 

●  allowing businesses in remote communities to compete on a technologically level playing field with those companies based in major cities who may already have full fibre connectivity. 

Funding for the scheme is limited, so businesses in Cumbria are encouraged to contact a supplier as soon as possible! 

If you would like your business or organisation to benefit from the scheme the first step is to find a registered supplier.

To see which suppliers are offering vouchers please visit the  Find a supplier page  on the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport website. There is no application process to complete, if a registered supplier can provide a gigabit capable connection to your business premises they will offer the voucher as a discount towards the installation costs.