Funding for broadband

Funding for Broadband

There are currently two central government schemes which provide financial support to businesses and residents wishing to access faster broadband. Project Gigabit is the governments £5bn plan to get connect rural homes and business.

Banner advertisement for UK government Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

Gigabit Voucher Scheme

Rural premises with broadband speeds of less than 100Mbps (using connections which are not gigabit-capable) can use vouchers worth up to £3,500 for each small to medium-sized enterprise, and up to £1,500 per residential premise when part of a group project, to support the cost of installing new gigabit-capable connections.

Read more about the Rural Gigabit Connectivity Programme

Broadband Universal Service Obligation

From 20 March 2020 Ofcom will launch the broadband universal service obligation. People in the UK will have the right to request a decent (defined as a download speed of 10 Mbps, and an upload speed of 1 Mbps) and affordable broadband connection.

Read more about the Broadband Universal Service Obligation

Gigabit Broadband for Existing Developments

If you currently have the fastest broadband your provider can supply and are finding that it is still too slow for your needs, here is some guidance for forming a community project to take advantage of the above funding schemes.

Guidance for Existing Sites