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No broadband? You could get £350 to help you get connected

Rural broadband report images_34402Do you know someone without a broadband? They may be entitled to £350 off the cost of connection.


How does it work?

The government has changed its broadband voucher scheme to make it easier for those farmers and their wider communities with no broadband or with speeds of less than 2mbps to get connected. They can now receive a code, which gives them a discount off a better connection.

Eighty companies have now signed up to provide broadband connections to homes and businesses using wireless and fibre technologies as well as satellite.

The scheme is now known as the Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme.

The speed of the service is now not capped, if a farmer afford to pay more they can get a better service, or upgrade if they choose to. Exact services can depend on the provider and how much a farmer can afford to pay.


Who provides the broadband connection?

The scheme is now being operated by a number of smaller alternative providers locally as well as sometimes BT.

Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), a government agency, runs the scheme and sends out details of who is available when they send out the discount code.


What are the restrictions?

  • Eligibility depends on BT not due to be delivering superfast broadband to the postcode within the next nine months.
  • The scheme runs to the end of 2017
  • The discount is only off the cost of installation.
  • The farmer have to pay a monthly cost for the service  received for at least one year.

How to apply

At the moment a farmer still has to go online to see if they are eligible at http://basicbroadbandchecker.culture.gov.uk 

A farmer will need to provide details, including an email address on the online form.

Eligible farmers will be sent an ‘subsidy code’ and details of who operates the scheme in their area, the services they provide and the costs they charge. If they are turned down for a voucher there is a right of appeal to [email protected]

 

 

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