Step-by-step guide to applying
- The step-by-step guide below explains how to find out if you're eligible for the Gigabit Broadband Voucher scheme, and how the application process works:
- Check your eligibility by using the postcode check on the government's Gigabit Voucher Scheme. A list of suppliers that are active in your area will be shown.
- You will need to apply as a group. Join up with other nearby residents (at least you and one other neighbour) and nominate a community lead.
- Contact your chosen supplier who will provide you with a quote, make the application for the vouchers on your behalf and guide you through the process.
- Once your application has been received the Gigabit Voucher Scheme team will email you to make sure you want to go ahead. If your project costs more than £1,500 per property (up to £3,500 for a small to medium business) you will have to pay the remaining money if you wish to continue.
- Your supplier starts building your community's new broadband network.
- Choose an internet service provider once the network has been built, and purchase a superfast broadband package to get connected and validate your voucher.
- Applicants must be in a rural area (as classified by DeFRA)
- Only group projects are allowed (a group being 2 or more residents).
- Applicants must have current internet speeds below 100Mbps and not currently be gigabit capable
- Up to £1,500 is available per residential premises & £3,500 for small to medium business. Full details can be found here.
- The voucher is to support the cost of installing new gigabit-capable connections only
- You must commit to a 12-month contract with your supplier for downloads speeds of at least 30 Mbps through a gigabit-capable connection to get the funding
Gigabit-capable networks are future proof. They can deliver the connection speeds we need - not only today but far into the future. Getting ready for a gigabit speed with full fibre connections will support increasing demand for:
- Multiple internet connected devices
- Cloud storage
- Film, TV and music streaming
- Video calls
- Remote and flexible working