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West Sussex Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme

The Government has recently launched a Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme to support increased broadband speeds in the rural areas. This runs alongside the Gigabit Broadband Voucher scheme which is still available to Small and Medium Enterprise (SME*). There are, however some important differences to this new scheme and we encourage businesses and communities to investigate further.

A national Rural Gigabit Broadband Voucher scheme provides help for businesses (SME), residential properties and communities to get faster, up to gigabit-capable broadband connections. Vouchers are available now. Communities can claim up to £3,500 in a rural area per business property and £1500 per residential property against the cost as part of a group project**. Unlike the Gigabit Broadband Voucher scheme, the Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme is available to groups of residential properties without the need to include a business.

 How the scheme works 

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Firstly, it’s not a voucher scheme. You don’t apply for a code or discount that you can then use to buy an improved service upto gigabit broadband speed.

Instead you request a greater than 30Mbps upto gigabit-capable broadband connection from an internet service provider that is registered on the scheme run by DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport).  You do not have to sign up to a gigabit service in fact all you have to sign up for is more than 30Mbps***.

If the provider can offer you the service, they will confirm this with DCMS, who in turn will confirm it with you. Once your provider has connected your business or residential properties with the increased broadband DCMS will make a payment on your behalf to the supplier which reflects discounted connection costs up to £3,500 or £1500.

Secondly, it’s not just a scheme for businesses. Residents can benefit too. Where a cluster of residents can form with or without a business it is possible for an additional discount of £1500 per home to be deducted from the overall connection costs.   

A list of registered suppliers in West Sussex will be available as soon as we can confirm interest.  In the meantime we suggest you go to the DCMS website and enter your postcode details to identify a potential supplier in your area.

The full list of providers offering the scheme is available here:

https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/

Interested businesses and communities can check eligibility at the following link.  https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/for-residents/suppliers/. Please note that if eligible the website will return the following message under the search bar:

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If you do not get this message after your search then you do not qualify for the Rural gigabit vouchers scheme but could still be eligible for the Gigabit Broadband Voucher scheme

 

*An SME has up to 249 Employees and a balance sheet of less than €43 million or a turn-over of less than €50 million.

** Rural communities must form part of a group project with other businesses or residential properties.  This can be as little as 2 properties upto a small community but not a single business or residential property.

***To be eligible you must currently have a service that is less than 30Mbps and live in a DEFRA definition D1 – F2 area.  If you currently have a service greater than 30Mbps then you may still be eligible for the Gigabit Broadband Voucher scheme.

 



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