Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme

£3,500 Rural Gigabit Voucher Announced

Secure a £3,500 Rural Gigabit voucher

DCMS announced a £200m Rural Gigabit Connectivity (RGC) programme.

Giganet are registered suppliers to the DCMS Rural Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme whose aim is to equip SME businesses and residents in the hardest-to-reach rural areas of the UK with gigabit-capable, pure-fibre connectivity.

The key difference with the Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme and the existing Gigabit Voucher Scheme, is:

  • More money available per connection (£1,500 for homes & £3,500 for SME businesses)
  • Fewer restrictions for homes to qualify (you no longer need a 10:1 ratio of home:business)
  • You do need to be part of a scheme (minimum of two connections & customers), and no single connections are possible.
  • You qualify if you can only get 30Mb/s or lower on your current connection and are located in a 'rural area'.
  • The new Gigabit-capable connection can start with only 30Mb/s, but must be capable of being upgraded to 1Gb/s.

At this time, Giganet are only offering business services with the Rural Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme*.

Use the promo code gigvoucher on our availability tool to see our voucher-specific pricing if eligible services are in your area.

Giganet have a fantastic track record securing broadband connection grants. With the DCMS Better Broadband Scheme and Super-connected Cities Voucher scheme, we have helped secure over 700 vouchers for customers in the past 5 years.

The DCMS Rural Gigabit Voucher offer will provide:

  • Businesses: £3,500 ex VAT grant towards the set up costs of a scheme to bring gigabit capable Internet to you.
  • Residents*: £1,500 ex VAT grant towards the set up costs of a scheme to bring gigabit capable Internet to you.

*Although the DCMS Gigabit Broadband voucher scheme is open to both businesses and residential customers, Giganet at this time are only providing services to businesses. This is due to a requirement of residential connections needing to be part of a wider scheme, and Giganet is not currently planning any such schemes. If you are a sole trader or small business, then you may qualify under a business account, but please make sure you're aware of the full eligibility requirements.

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Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme Eligibility

Does your business or home qualify?

All:

  • Comply with the DCMS scheme terms and conditions.
  • Must not already have a connection running at over 30Mb/s and that's not capable of 1Gb/s.
  • Must opt for a new service that has at least 30Mb/s of speeds and is capable of being upgraded to 1Gb/s.
  • Must not have already claimed from this scheme.
  • Be part of a scheme of two of more connections; single connections are not permitted. (E.g. you need to partner with another home(es) and/or business(es). You can't get a Rural Gigabit Voucher for just you alone).

Businesses:

  • Must be a SME and employ fewer than 250 people.
  • Have an annual turnover not exceeding €50 million, and/or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding €43 million.
  • Must not have previously claimed a total of £2,500 from this scheme against your legal organisation.
  • Must not have received more than the permitted amount of de minimis aid in the last 3 years.

Residents:*

  • You must pay the VAT associated with your connection. The voucher doesn't cover VAT.

*Sadly, at this time Giganet are not currently providing services to residential customers under the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme as we are not working on any group projects.

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Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme enquiry

Please complete the form below to check your eligibility and secure your grant