The Government has said that everyone should have ‘decent’ broadband. They brought into force legislation that gives eligible UK addresses the right to request a ‘decent and affordable’ broadband connection through the BT Universal Service Obligation Scheme. The Government will contribute £3,400 per premise for fibre – irrespective of whether the premise is residential or a business.
A decent connection is defined as one that can deliver a download speed of at least 10Mbps and an upload speed of at least 1Mbps. Affordable means it doesn’t cost more than £46.40 a month.
While your fixed line broadband may have a connection speed of less than 10Mbps, if you are able to get fixed wireless or mobile broadband then you are unlikely to be eligible.
If you think you may be eligible then please use the contact form to register your interest.
Whilst the above really only applies to premises in remote locations the Government has also set a minimum target of 85% gigabit coverage by 2025. (Gigabit means 1000Mb download speeds!). In reality this means towns and cities.
However, Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) has been set up to help achieve superfast broadband speeds for the rural areas of Devon and Somerset which are outside of the 85% coverage. There may be grants available for premises where the download speed is less than 30Mb. These are typically for a group of premises or businesses banding together to create a community scheme.
Please get in touch with us if you want faster broadband - we need to assess the demand and the larger the groups of premises the more likely it is that a community scheme will be funded.