Digital Connectivity

Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

If your home or business (SME) is classed as rural, can only access broadband speeds of less than 100Mbps, and is not already in any plans for a broadband upgrade, then by grouping together with other nearby homes and/or SMEs, you could be entitled to funding of up to £1,500 per home and £3,500 per SME.

This funding goes towards the cost of bringing gigabit broadband speeds to your community. There may be extra costs if the connection costs are greater than the funding, but the more properties involved, the lower the cost will be.  It is not possible for an individual home or business to apply for these vouchers, it must be done as a group of two or more.

Residents and businesses benefitting from the funding are required to take up a service delivered on gigabit-capable infrastructure with a minimum of 30Mbps download speed or at least double their current speed. This may mean a small increase in your current broadband charge to reflect the improved service.

Check to see if your postcode is eligible

If the message below your postcode advises that some of the premises in this postcode may be eligible, then start talking to your neighbours, other homes or businesses in the area who may also be keen to get involved. Once you have determined how many residents and SMEs are interested in getting access to gigabit infrastructure, the group lead will need to contact a registered voucher supplier which covers Surrey:

Box Broadband

Broadband for Surrey Hills (B4SH)

Openreach

Surrey Hills Internet

Please note that in all cases, the supplier will confirm the voucher eligibility of the addresses in the group and will apply for the voucher funding from the government on your behalf. This funding will be applied to the total cost of the quotation that the supplier gives you. If the funding does not cover the whole cost, then the group would need to fund the remaining amount. 

Further information: Katie Brennan (Project Manager, Superfast Surrey Broadband Programme) tel: 07816 060459