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Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme

Could you or your business benefit from a full fibre network?

In May 2019, BDUK - a government team promoting the rollout of faster broadband - launched the Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme which is designed to benefit eligible UK premises with additional funding towards the cost of installing a gigabit-capable line (up to 1000mbps) as part of a group project.

Rural premises with broadband speeds of less than 100mbps can claim vouchers worth up to £3,500 for each small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), and up to £1500 per residential premises to support the cost of installing a new gigabit-capable connection.

Group projects are formed by two or more residential premises and/or businesses coming together to combine their vouchers towards the shared cost of installation. Single connections are not eligible for additional funding

Find out more on the Broadband for Rural Communities page. Businesses or residents that are eligible for gigabit vouchers can access the scheme through a supplier
Please read the terms and conditions for details or for more specific queries, contact your supplier.


Please note, the original Gigabit Voucher scheme has now come to an end and will not be taking any new applications. If you have previously applied and are proceeding with the scheme, you will have until the 14th May 2021 for the fibre work to be completed and connections made to ensure your vouchers remain valid.


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.

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