New Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme for Rural Areas
A new wave of funding has been made available to support the cost of installing gigabit-capable broadband for homes and businesses in harder-to-reach rural localities.
The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS) is being relaunched with up to £210 million for premises in rural areas to access financial help to achieve gigabit broadband connection speeds.
Building on the success of the GBVS, the new UK Gigabit Voucher will launch in April. Businesses will be able to check whether their premises are eligible for a voucher, find a list of registered suppliers, and see those who are active locally.
Launched in March 2018, the original GBVS initiative provided vouchers to cover the installation costs of bringing gigabit connectivity to people’s homes and businesses. So far more than 66,000 vouchers, worth up to £127 million, have been issued to premises across the UK.
The new vouchers, worth up to £3,500 for businesses will go live on 8 April 2021 and mean that rural areas will not have to wait for supplier contracts under Project Gigabit to reach them.