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  • Writer's pictureAnthony Jones

Cheshire UK Boosts Value of Gigabit Broadband Rollout Vouchers

The Cheshire East Council has announced that the wider Connecting Cheshire Partnership have committed £2.9m to boost the value of the UK Government’s local Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS), which offers vouchers to help rural homes and businesses install gigabit-capable internet connections.

The rural-focused GBVS scheme – as managed by the Building Digital UK (BDUK) team – normally offers vouchers worth up to £1,500 for homes or £3,000 for businesses to help them get a gigabit-capable broadband (1000Mbps download) ISP services installed. But the additional funding means that locals will be able to access much bigger vouchers – up to £4,000 per eligible home and up to £7,000 per eligible business.

Rural communities, residents, and businesses that currently can only access a broadband speed of less than 30Mbps will be eligible for top-up funding subsidised by Connecting Cheshire and UK Government, unless the area and premises in question are already part of a committed delivery plan to install gigabit services (e.g. Project Gigabit or commercial deployments).

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