Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme Expanded
Businesses in Bath & North East Somerset could now benefit from grants of up to £3000 to get gigabit broadband installed as part of a £2 million trial taking place in four areas around the UK.
Suppliers will be offering vouchers worth between £500 and £3000 each to local businesses which can then be used to pay for the installation of gigabit speed connections. The aim of the trial is to encourage the market to extend full fibre infrastructure in the UK by increasing demand and reducing the cost to customers.
The many benefits of a full fibre gigabit connection include:
●allowing businesses to upload and download massive files in a matter of seconds
●enabling widespread use of videoconferencing throughout an organisation
●providing an unprecedented level of reliability whilst greatly enhancing resilience
●future proofing - making sure that businesses have the technology in place to deal with the ever increasing demands for internet speed and connectivity.
●allowing businesses in remote communities to compete on a technologically level playing field with those companies based in major cities who may already have full fibre connectivity.
For more information about the scheme and to search for broadband suppliers please visit gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk.
The scheme has been welcomed by Councillor Paul Myers (Conservative, Midsomer Norton Redfield), Cabinet Member for Economic and Community Regeneration.
He said: “I’m proud that Bath and North East Somerset have been chosen to be at the vanguard of this cutting-edge development. It is recognition of the investment already taking place here and will provide a major boost for the local economy.
“But as well as benefiting business and employment, it will also have a much wider impact on the local community which is great news for residents, among others."
Take a look at other projects underway to future-proof connectivity across the Bath & North East Somerset area.