Households with poor broadband speeds to get new GBP1,500 voucher to help install faster internet. The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme has been rolled out to ensure Brits can stay afloat as they work from home amid the pandemic. It comes as the coronavirus pandemic has forced millions of Brits to work from home, leaving them reliant on home broadband - with many set to continue for the foreseeable future.
More than one million hard to reach homes and businesses will have next generation gigabit broadband built to them in the first phase of a GBP5 billion government infrastructure project, the government says. The scheme - which first launched in March 2018 - is being extended in April to give households in rural areas extra financial support. More than 66,000 vouchers worth up to GBP127 million have been issued to properties across the UK.
The new vouchers, worth up to GBP1,500 for homes and up to GBP3,500 for businesses, will be available from April 8. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "Project Gigabit is the rocket boost that we need to get lightning-fast broadband to all areas of the country. "This broadband revolution will fire up people's businesses and homes, and the vital public services that we all rely on, so we can continue to level up and build back better from this pandemic."
Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said: "Project Gigabit is our national mission to plug in and power up every corner of the UK and get us gigafit for the future. "We have already made rapid progress, with almost 40 percent of homes and businesses now able to access next-generation gigabit speeds, compared to just 9 percent in 2019. Now we are setting out our plans to invest GBP5 billion in remote and rural areas so that no one is left behind by the connectivity revolution.
"That means no more battling over the bandwidth, more freedom to live and work anywhere in the country, and tens of thousands of new jobs created as we deliver a game-changing infrastructure upgrade."