Rural homes and small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in Essex can now benefit from the fastest and most reliable broadband connectivity if they choose a gigabit-capable service as part of a group project.
Essex County Council is investing £700,000 to ‘top up’ the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme. The council will pay up to an additional £7,000 per home and £11,500 per small and medium-sized business in order to help connect harder-to-reach groups of rural premises which currently are not able to access broadband services of at least 30Mbps and are not already in plans to receive a gigabit-capable connection.
|Premises||UK Government’s UKGV Scheme||Essex top-up available||Total funding available for installation|
|Residential||Up to £1,500||Up to £7,000||Up to £8,500|
|SMEs||Up to £3,500||Up to £11,500||Up to £15,000|
Group projects are when two or more homes or businesses get together to combine their vouchers towards the cost of connections.
No separate application is required as eligible premises will receive funding from the Essex top-up to the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme when benefitting from a Gigabit Broadband Voucher scheme through a registered supplier.
For information go to the Superfast Essex website.