Funding for full fibre broadband connections
The Government has 2 voucher schemes to help those not currently due to receive a future-proof full fibre broadband connection to their home or business.
Rural Gigabit Connectivity Scheme
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 Broadband Voucher Scheme
Businesses can claim up to £2,500 against the cost of gigabit-capable internet connections, either individually or as part of a group.
Residents can benefit from the scheme too if they are part of a group project which also includes businesses and can claim a voucher with a value of up to £500.
You don’t need to worry about which scheme is right for you. Register your interest with your chosen supplier and they will check which scheme is best suited to you and your neighbours.
How the vouchers work
Both schemes are only available through broadband service providers. Find out more information about gigabit voucher schemes.
The step-by-step process to get a voucher towards your full fibre connection is:
- Find a registered supplier and sign up for a gigabit capable connection.
- Your supplier requests a voucher from government. They check you are happy to go ahead by email.
- Your supplier gets to work to deliver your new connection.
- Connected! Your supplier lets government know the work is done.
- Government checks with you by email that the service is live and working.
- Government will sometimes make further checks before they pay your supplier.
View the voucher scheme terms and conditions.
Scheme suppliers in Dorset
Our list shows suppliers which are most active in Dorset at the top:
- Wessex Internet Ltd
- The Fourth Utility Ltd
- BT Group plc
- Cerberus Networks
- Daisy Communications
- f8 Solutions Ltd
- Vaioni Group Ltd
- VOIP-UN Ltd
- Zen Internet Ltd
- Virgin Media Business Ltd
Find out how Sun Salads, a family business near Cranborne, and residents along Coast Road, Burton Bradstock have benefited from Government broadband voucher schemes.
Other voucher schemes
If you have download speeds of less than 2 megabits per second (Mbps), the Better Broadband Voucher Scheme may be able to help.
This Government scheme provides a voucher worth up to £350 to install basic broadband into homes and businesses not set to benefit from superfast broadband in the next 12 months.