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Broadband boost for rural homes and businesses as councils announce additional funding for Government voucher scheme
29th June 2020

Residents and small and medium-sized businesses in rural areas of West Sussex can now benefit from the fastest and most reliable broadband connectivity if they choose to ‘go gigabit’.

Thanks to collaboration between the county’s local authorities, more money is now available to pay for gigabit-capable broadband connectivity through the Government's Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme.

County, District and Borough Councils in West Sussex have worked together to jointly invest in topping up the Government’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme to enable it to go further for our residents and businesses. Now rural eligible premises can claim up to £4,000 each towards the installation cost of gigabit-capable broadband, when part of a group of premises.

Gigabit-capable broadband enables internet download speeds of up 1000 megabits per second (mbps), much faster than current superfast speeds of 30 mbps. This next-generation connectivity has the potential to revolutionise rural communities, making them more attractive places to live, giving people the freedom to live and work more flexibly and helping develop thriving digital economies.

 

The additional funding will mean that customers will be able to use the voucher to pay for up to £4,000 of installation costs when they get a connection from a supplier that is registered on the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme. In most cases, the voucher fully covers the installation costs and the resident or business will only need to pay for the ongoing broadband connection package, in the usual manner.

The deadline to apply for a voucher is 31 March 2021.  For more information and to check eligibility visit the DCMS website at https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/ . Alternatively contact broadband@westsussex.gov.uk for more information, help and assistance.

More than £1million of additional broadband connectivity has been achieved in the county via the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme, benefiting more than 400 households and businesses to date. 

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