Gillian has been working to improve digital connectivity throughout the area.
The UK Gigabit Programme
The UK Gigabit Programme or ‘Project Gigabit’ is a £5 billion government infrastructure project that brings together everything the government is doing to enable and deliver fast and reliable digital connectivity for the entire country. Through one of the fastest rollouts in Europe, two thirds of households now have access to gigabit speeds by the end of 2021 - a huge leap from 2019 when it was just one in ten.
As part of this programme BDUK is launching phased contracts to those hard to reach parts of the UK that will need government support towards the cost of gigabit-capable broadband.
To complement this work and to support pace of delivery, there are three other elements to Project Gigabit:
Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme
There is up to £210 million to give people in eligible rural areas immediate financial help to get gigabit-capable speeds. The scheme is accessible through broadband service providers that have registered to provide connections through the scheme.
Vouchers worth up to £1,500 for homes and £3,500 for businesses help to cover the costs of installing gigabit broadband to people’s doorsteps.
You can check if you’re eligible for a voucher at your address on the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme website.
There is up to £110 million available to connect public sector buildings - such as GP surgeries, libraries and schools - in hard to reach parts of the UK.
For more information, see GigaHubs: key information.
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