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Funding for full fibre broadband connections

Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

The Government's Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has a Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme available to increase gigabit-capable connectivity in rural areas.

It aims to help small and medium sized businesses and residential homes that are not currently due to receive a future-proof full fibre broadband connection.

Qualifying premises can come together and claim up to £3,500 per business and £1,500 per home towards a gigabit-capable (1,000 megabits per second) broadband connection.

Gigabit packages offer download speeds of up to 300mbps (megabits per second) today. The technology is capable of speeds of up to 1,000mbps when new packages become available. This exponential leap in speeds could benefit you and your business now and in the future. 

Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme with a Dorset top-up

We are investing £1 million to 'top-up' the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme vouchers. We will pay up to an additional £1,000 per home and £2,500 per small and medium sized business in order to help connect harder to reach groups of rural properties.

You don't need to apply separately for the top-up funding. If your home or business is eligible, you will receive funding for the Dorset top-up at the same time as the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme funding, through a registered supplier. In all cases, the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme funding will be allocated before top-up funding is applied. 

The top-up scheme will be distributed on a first come, first served basis until the end of March 2021 when the scheme will close.

how much funding you can get
Homes and businesses as part of a group applicationGigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (DCMS)Dorset Top Up to the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (up to a maximum)Total funding
Homes

£1,500

£1,000

£2,500

SME Businesses

£3,500

£2,500

£6,000

Am I eligible?

You may be eligible if you are:

  • in a location which is primarily rural and remote and with broadband speeds of less than 100Mbps
  • considered unlikely to benefit from any commercial investment by 2033
  • two or more homes and/or businesses that are applying as a group

How to sign up

Register your interest with your chosen supplier and they will check if the scheme is suited to you and your neighbours.

The step-by-step process to get a voucher towards your full fibre connection is:

  1. Find a registered supplier and sign up for a gigabit capable connection.
  2. Your supplier requests a voucher from government. They check you are happy to go ahead by email.
  3. Your supplier gets to work to deliver your new connection.
  4. Connected! Your supplier lets government know the work is done.
  5. Government checks with you by email that the service is live and working.
  6. Government will sometimes make further checks before they pay your supplier.

View the voucher scheme terms and conditions.

Find out about broadband speeds and what speeds you need.

Scheme suppliers in Dorset

Our list shows suppliers which are most active in Dorset at the top:

  • Wessex Internet Ltd
  • The Fourth Utility Ltd
  • Openreach
  • BT Group plc
  • Amvia
  • Cerberus Networks
  • Daisy Communications
  • f8 Solutions Ltd
  • Vaioni Group Ltd
  • VOIP-UN Ltd
  • Zen Internet Ltd
  • Virgin Media Business Ltd

Your right to request a decent broadband service: What you need to know

Every home and business in the UK has the legal right to request a decent, affordable broadband connection subject to certain eligibility criteria. If you meet the criteria you will be able to request a network upgrade for your home or business.

Find out more and make a request.

Case study

Find out how Sun Salads, a family business near Cranborne, and residents along Coast Road, Burton Bradstock have benefited from Government broadband voucher schemes.

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