Broadband Boost

14th September 2020

Philip Dunne MP has welcomed a £1m boost in funding which will help people in South Shropshire receive superfast broadband.

Shropshire Council has made up to £1 million of additional funding available to ‘top-up’ the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS). 

The voucher scheme is intended to help boost broadband speeds for those in the hardest to reach areas, who have been excluded from the public rollout so far. For homes, the maximum funding per voucher will be £4,000, thanks to an extra £2,500 per voucher from Shropshire Council.  Eligible businesses can receive an additional £3,500 bringing the maximum funding per voucher to £7,000. To qualify for the Scheme, groups of 2 or more residents/businesses must be located in a rural area and be unable to get broadband speeds of 100Mbps.

Mr Dunne said: “Broadband provision in South Shropshire has improved markedly over the past decade, but many hard to reach areas still do not have any form of acceptable broadband connection. This is particularly frustrating for those who have had to work from home due to COVID, or who have tried to ensure schooling for their children over the internet during the pandemic.

So this additional £1m investment to help homes and businesses is welcome news, and I encourage people to find out more information at https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk.”

How does the Voucher Scheme work?

  1. Enter your postcode in the checker on the DCMS website (https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/) to find a registered supplier and sign up for a gigabit-capable broadband connection;
  2. Your supplier requests a voucher from DCMS, who will email you to check that you’re happy to go ahead;
  3. Your supplier installs the infrastructure required to deliver your new broadband connection;
  4. Once you’re connected, your supplier lets DCMS know the work is done;
  5. DCMS emails you to check that the new broadband connection is working properly;
  6. DCMS may make further checks, including a site visit, before they pay your supplier.

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