Residents and small & medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in rural parts of the Shropshire Council area can now access additional financial support through the government’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme. The Scheme can provide funding towards the cost of installing gigabit-capable broadband when part of a group scheme.
Shropshire council will pay up to an additional £2,500 per residential premises and £3,500 per SME in order to help connect groups of rural properties. Eligible premises must be in a rural area, unable to access speeds of 100Mbps or above, and not in any existing government- funded plan for a broadband upgrade. Group projects are when two or more residents and/or businesses get together to combine their vouchers towards the cost of connections.
|Premises||UK Government’s UKGV Scheme||Shropshire top-up available||Total funding available for installation|
|Residential||Up to £1,500||Up to £2,500||Up to £4,000|
|SMEs||Up to £3,500||Up to £3,500||Up to £7,000|
The Scheme is administered by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and not Shropshire Council. No separate application is required as eligible properties will receive the top-up funding when benefiting from a Gigabit Broadband Voucher through a registered supplier.
To find out more about broadband plans and services in Shropshire, visit the Connecting Shropshire website.