SMEs can benefit from digital voucher scheme.

Do you suffer from Notspots 

A national campaign by British Chambers is gathering momentum in support of disadvantaged businesses across the country.

Log your Notspot on the campaign link below.

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Meanwhile a scheme run by government Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, DCMS, is set to help eligible businesses and homes with digital vouchers.

Background of the scheme

The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is part of the Local Full Fibre Networks programme, which has the strategic objective of increasing full fibre coverage across the UK.

Starting in late 2017, the programme launched the first wave of its programme, designed to test its approach to market stimulation. £10m was allocated to the launch of five pilot projects across the country, including £2m on a market test for the voucher scheme. The national launch of the scheme has been designed to build on the lessons learned from our market test.

What is a gigabit connection?

The UK now has 95% coverage for superfast broadband with speeds of 24 megabits per second or higher. However, most superfast connections still depend on copper telephone wires, which are limited in the speeds they can support. For the fastest and most reliable broadband, capable of delivering gigabit speeds, a full fibre connection is required.

One gigabit is the same as 1,000 megabits – so it’s a big leap forward in connection speeds that could benefit you and your business into the future. Full fibre also supports symmetrical connections – meaning your upload and download speeds can be the same.

How do the vouchers work?

Businesses or residents that are eligible for gigabit vouchers can access the scheme through a supplier.

The chart below shows the step-by-step process that each voucher recipient will go through to activate their voucher:

More informationabout the scheme can be found on the following link.

https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/

If you have concerns about your digital connection or would like to discuss forming a group to support your business please contact us at Lincs Chamber.

01522 523333 or email [email protected]