Rural residents and businesses in Scotland with broadband speeds of less than 30Mbps available may be eligible for additional funding from Scottish Government towards the cost of installing gigabit-capable broadband to their premises when part of a group project.
In addition to the £1,500 available to rural homes and £3,500 available to rural small to medium-sized businesses under the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS), Scottish Government will provide up to £5,000 extra funding to top-up the overall voucher value.
The supplier-led Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme (SBVS) also provides vouchers worth up to £5,000 to individuals and those in group projects to help deliver a permanent broadband connection to properties where there is no roll-out of superfast broadband planned, regardless of rurality.
Group projects are when two or more residents or businesses get together to combine their vouchers towards the cost of connections. In Scotland, the approved supplier acting on behalf of the group will apply for the GBVS funding or the SBVS funding on the group’s behalf.
The SBVS is part of the Reaching 100% (R100) Programme, currently being delivered by the Scottish Government, to ensure that every address in Scotland has the ability to access a superfast broadband connection by the end of 2021. For further information about the Scottish Government R100 Programme or the SBVS please visit www.scotlandsuperfast.com.