The UK Government is providing up to £210m to subsidise the cost of broadband infrastructure to rural areas. Vouchers worth up to £4,500 are available for eligible homes and businesses to help cover the costs of installing gigabit-capable broadband networks.
To find out more, please take a look at the government gigabit vouchers webpages.
Shropshire Council has made up to £2.5m of additional funding available to ‘top-up’ the scheme by an extra £2,500/premise to support areas without access to superfast broadband. This information can be viewed here.
It’s not necessary to apply separately for the top-up funding, which is being distributed on a first come, first served basis.
Whilst connections delivered using the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme must be gigabit-capable, homes and businesses in receipt of a voucher only need to take up a broadband service of at least 30mbps or double their current speed (whichever is the greater) in order to be eligible.
How does the voucher scheme work?
Please refer to the guidance on the government gigabit voucher webpages.