Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport logo, which says Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

About the scheme

 

Get the fastest and most reliable speeds for your business with help from the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme!

 

The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is a national scheme run by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport to provide future-proof full fibre connections for homes and businesses.

Businesses can claim up to £2,500 against the cost of gigabit-capable (1,000 megabit) internet connections, either individually or as part of a group - this is a big leap forward in connection speeds that could benefit your business into the future. 

Residents can benefit from the scheme too if they are part of a group project which also includes businesses, and can claim a voucher with a value of up to £500. 

Premises in the harder-to-reach places in the county may be eligible for additional funding - to find out more please visit the section about the Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme.

 

Am I eligible for a Gigabit Broadband Voucher?

Businesses

You must be a small or medium enterprise and not have access to a gigabit-capable connection already.

Residents

You must be part of a group project and not have access to a gigabit-capable connection already. As part of this group, you are able to combine the values of your vouchers.

 

How do the vouchers work?

Businesses or residents that are eligible for gigabit vouchers can access the scheme through a supplier.

The chart in the next section shows the step-by-step process that each voucher recipient will go through to activate their voucher.

 

Step-by-step voucher process

 

Image showing the steps in the voucher process

 

This scheme is run by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and so for more information, please visit their Gigabit Broadband Voucher scheme website or watch the short video in the next section.

 

Video about the Gigabit Broadband Voucher scheme

 

Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme

The Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme is an extension of the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme and aims to help home and businesses in the hardest-to-reach areas gain access to installing a full fibre connection to their premises when part of a group project. Subject to eligibility, rural premises with broadband speeds of less than 100Mbps can use vouchers worth up to £3,500 for each small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), and up to £1,500 per residential premise to support the cost of installing new gigabit-capable connections. 

 

What are the differences between the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme and the Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme?

 

The table in the following section outlines the differences between the Gigabit Voucher Scheme and the Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme:

 

Comparison of the two voucher schemes

 

Table comparing the two voucher schemes

 

Criteria

 

Gigabit Broadband Voucher

Rural Gigabit Voucher

UK Wide Yes Yes

Current speed criteria

< 100 Mbps and not gigabit capable < 100 Mbps and not gigabit capable

Minimum new speed

"Step change" (double current speed, at least 30 Mbps) "Step change" (double current speed, at least 30 Mbps)

New connection must be Gigabit Capable

Yes Yes

Voucher Values for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)

£500  to £2,500 (excluding VAT) £500 to £3,500 (excluding VAT)

Voucher Values for Residents

£500 (plus VAT) £500 to £1,500 (including VAT)

Businesses Eligible

Yes Yes
Residents Eligible

Group Schemes Only

1 business: 10 residents

Yes

Single Connections

Yes No

Group Schemes

Yes Yes

 

How do I find out if I'm eligible for the Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme?

There are certain eligibility criteria associated with this voucher.

  1. Your house or business must be in a rural area.
  2. Your available broadband speeds must be less than 100Mbps.
  3. You must be part of a group project (two or more premises).

You can check whether you are likely to be eligible for a Rural Gigabite Voucher and search for a registered supplier by visiting the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport's Broadband for Rural Communities web page.

 

What do I do next?

  1. Talk to suppliers active in your area for the connection deal that is right for you.
  2. Your chosen supplier will advise you on your eligibility and guide you through the process.
  3. Commit to a 12 month contract with your supplier for a product with speeds of at least 30mbps through a gigabit capable connection.

DISCLAIMER - the information from this page comes from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport's (DCMS) website, and is subject to change, so for the latest updates please visit the DCMS's Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme website.