David Warburton MP Urges Rural Communities to Access the
Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme
Broadband users with a download speed of less than 2Mbps can apply for Government subsidy
4th April 2017 – David Warburton MP is urging people in rural Somerset to get a fairer deal on broadband through the Government’s Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme.
The Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme has been developed by the Government to provide subsidised broadband installation to homes and businesses which are unable to access broadband with a download speed of at least 2 Mb per second and which will not benefit from the superfast broadband roll out.
Successful applicants will be given a unique code which will cover most of the installation, commissioning and equipment for a basic broadband service, reducing the cost by up to £350. The deadline for applications is the end of this year.
Those taking advantage of this Scheme will still be eligible for a superfast broadband service in the future.
David Warburton MP said: “Its absolutely vital in today’s digital economy that everyone, regardless of their geographical location, has access to the fastest possible broadband. For far too long rural communities have been side-lined.
David continued, “I have long been campaigning for better broadband in Somerset and I’m delighted to announce that the Government has launched this scheme so that rural areas can access the broadband they need.”
Minister of State for Digital and Culture, Matt Hancock said: “Whether you’re running a business or shopping online, a slow broadband speed simply doesn’t cut it. We are continuing to improve connectivity in the hardest to reach parts of the UK with the Better Broadband scheme. I’d urge everyone eligible to apply now so they start reaping the benefits as soon as possible.”
To access the scheme, visit http://basicbroadbandchecker.culture.gov.uk
NOTES TO EDITORS:
- The Better Broadband scheme is operated by a partnership between DCMS, local bodies and a number of broadband retail service and platform providers
- The initiative is administered by local authorities who provide a code to eligible homes and businesses upon request. They can use the code with one of a selected number of retail service providers to obtain up to £350 off the price of a better broadband service
- The Better Broadband Scheme has been in place since 2015 and forms part of the Government’s commitment to get the whole country better connected
- In a recent report, Ofcom identified that 10 Mbps was the speed required to meet a typical household's digital needs
Households can find out if they are eligible and get more information about the Better Broadband Scheme by visiting basicbroadbandchecker.culture.gov.uk.
For more information see link.