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Better Broadband Voucher Scheme re-launch

The Better Broadband Voucher Scheme is a UK-wide government subsidy scheme to provide an affordable, basic broadband installation to homes and businesses that are unable to access a broadband service with a download speed of at least 2 Mbps – and who will not benefit from the superfast broadband roll out within the next 12 months.

Since its launch in December 2015, the scheme has boosted the broadband speeds of more than 20,000 homes and businesses in some of the hardest to reach areas of the UK.

Households and businesses that are eligible to take advantage of the scheme have the installation and hardware costs of their connection subsidised to ensure their first year costs are no more than £400.

To find out more about the scheme and whether your premises could be eligible please go to: https://basicbroadband.culture.gov.uk/


The Better Broadband Voucher Scheme is now available for Supplier Registration.

To register as a supplier on the Scheme, please visit https://basicbroadband.culture.gov.uk/for-suppliers/


Other ways to achieve Superfast services

Gigabit Voucher Scheme 

Could you and your business benefit from a full fibre network? BDUK – a government team promoting the rollout of faster broadband - announced in March 2018, the launch of a Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme which is designed to benefit small and medium sized businesses, as well as local communities. 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 1000mbps).

Businesses can form group projects with other businesses and also with 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. 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.

To ensure that even more people and businesses are able to benefit from the scheme, the original maximum amount that can be claimed by a business towards installation has reduced from £3000 to £2500. Residential premises are still able to benefit from a voucher of up to £500 as part of a group project.

Group projects will need to meet the eligibility requirements before work can begin in their area. For a full list of criteria and terms & conditions of this scheme please visit https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/.

If you think your business could benefit from Ultrafast speeds, we would encourage you to contact a supplier to find out more.


Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme

Gigabit vouchers can be used by small businesses and the local communities surrounding them to contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit-capable connection. Businesses can claim up to £3,500 against the cost of connection either individually or as part of a group project. Residents can benefit from the scheme with a voucher worth £1,500 as part of a group project.
From May 2019, premises in the harder-to-reach places in the UK may be eligible for additional funding. Find out more on the Broadband for Rural Communities page.
Please read the terms and conditions for details or for more specific queries, contact your supplier.
Businesses or residents that are eligible for gigabit vouchers can access the scheme through a supplier.


Community Fibre Partnership (CFP)

A Community Fibre Partnership or CFP is where a community partners up with Openreach to make the provision of fibre broadband to homes and businesses through the building of a customised solution to meet the community's needs. Where possible, Openreach bring together funding from Local Authorities, Government voucher schemes and other grants to help make things affordable as well as contributing themselves towards the cost in line with their own commercial model too. A member of the community will need to act as the point of contact for the CFP and will need to start the process by registering interest with Openreach at https://communityfibre.Openreach.co.uk/ .
Once the CFP is complete, the members of the community can go with an Internet Service Provider of their choice and do not need to choose BT as their supplier.
Please note - CFPs can be expensive even when using voucher schemes to reduce the cost. All members of the community who have agreed to be a part of the CFP must be fully committed to the process.

Bringing BETTER broadband to homes
& businesses across Bucks and Herts