Shropshire Council adds £1 million to rural broadband scheme
Extra funding to help rural premises benefit from up to £7,000 for a faster broadband connection is now available in Shropshire.
Shropshire Council has made up to £1 million of additional funding available to ‘top-up’ the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme, in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
For homes, the maximum funding per voucher will be £4,000, thanks to an extra £2,500 per voucher from Shropshire Council. Eligible businesses can receive an additional £3,500, bringing the maximum funding per voucher to £7,000. To qualify for the scheme, residents/businesses must be located in a rural area and be unable to get broadband speeds of 100Mbps.
Lee Chapman, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for organisational transformation and digital infrastructure, said:
“I’m delighted to announce this investment to help rural homes and businesses get better broadband connections. Over 93% of homes and businesses in the Shropshire Council area can already access a superfast broadband connection with speeds of 30Mbps. We’re topping-up the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme because we want even more premises to benefit.”
Matt Warman, Digital Infrastructure Minister, said:
“To ‘level up’ communities across the UK, we’re working hard to spread the benefits of gigabit-capable broadband to the most remote towns and villages. I’m pleased to see Shropshire is the latest area to receive extra support through the government’s voucher scheme, thanks to a funding boost from the council. Whether it’s people’s homes or businesses struggling with slow speeds, I encourage those in rural areas to visit our website to check if they’re eligible for an upgrade.”
In all cases the DCMS funding will be allocated before top-up funding is spent.
The funding for the vouchers in the scheme with a Shropshire Council Top-Up will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until 31 March 2021, when the national Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is due to end.
How does the voucher scheme work?
- Enter your postcode in the checker on the DCMS website (https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/) to find a registered supplier and sign up for a gigabit-capable broadband connection
- Your supplier requests a voucher from DCMS, who will email you to check that you’re happy to go ahead
- Your supplier installs the infrastructure required to deliver your new broadband connection
- Once you’re connected, your supplier lets DCMS know the work is done
- DCMS emails you to check that the new broadband connection is working properly
- DCMS may make further checks, including a site visit, before they pay your supplier.
For more information, please contact:
Ben Walker at Shropshire Council on 01743 252203, email@example.com
- The Connecting Shropshire programme is bringing superfast broadband (with a download speed of at least 30mbps) to parts of the Shropshire Council area where it isn’t economically viable for commercial companies to do so.
- Since 2013, Connecting Shropshire has provided over 68,000 premises in the Shropshire Council area with access to a superfast broadband connection.
- More information is available on the Connecting Shropshire programme website: http://connectingshropshire.co.uk/