As part of the Government’s Rural Gigabit Connectivity programme business and residents in some of the hardest-to-reach places in the UK are eligible for additional funding towards the cost of installing gigabit-capable broadband to their premises when part of a group project.
Rural premises, experiencing speeds below 30 Megabits per second (Mbps), will be eligible for between £500 and £3,500 per small and medium-sized businesses (SME) and between £500 and £1,500 per resident to support the cost of installing new gigabit-capable connections. Read more here.
Full details can be found in version 5.0 of the scheme’s Terms and Conditions and version 5.0 of the Local Body Guidance document, both of which are available in the Local Body Library https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/lbl/ (password is Gigabit18).
The following summarises how the extension will work:
· Rural areas are identified by postcode
· Vouchers can only be used in group or project schemes
· Connections must be gigabit capable but the minimum speed taken by the customer is 30 Mbps
Collaboration for Digital Connectivity Conferences
BDUK is also organising a series of local body conferences around the UK to support the launch of the Rural Gigabit Connectivity programme and is seeking to gather feedback at these sessions including one in Glasgow on Monday 3rd June - further details and link to book at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/collaboration-for-digital-connectivity-tickets-59523654854