The government'sÂ GigabitÂ Broadband Voucher SchemeÂ has already helped more than 7,000 businesses and surrounding homes, who have used the vouchers to contribute to, and in many cases fully fund, the installation cost of a full fibreÂ gigabitÂ capable connectiomn.
The Â£67m scheme was initially expected to run until March 2021, but high demand for vouchers means that funds are now expected to be committed a year earlier.Â
Minister for Digital Margot James said: '˜These vouchers provide practical and immediate help to firms struggling with slow broadband speeds.I encourage small businesses around the UK to apply now.'Â
The scheme is part of a series of government initiatives to build a Britain with nationwide full fibre broadband coverage by 2033, making sure no communities are left behind.
In addition to the voucher scheme, the chancellor recently announced Â£200mÂ for an '˜outside-in' approach that will see full fibre broadband rolled out in the hardest to reach rural locations at the same pace as the rest of the country. The Borderlands, Cornwall, and Welsh valleys will be amongÂ the first areas to be targeted.
Federation of Small BusinessÂ national chairman Mike Cherry said: '˜Access to good broadband is vital for small businesses across the UK, and with the clock ticking on this scheme, it's important small businesses don't delay if they want to apply for funding.'Â
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