Get gigabit home broadband with new voucher scheme

Ultrafast Broadband
21 Dec, 17 by Phil Higgins

Homes in the Bristol City and Bath & North East Somerset Council area could improve their broadband speeds as part of a new Government trial.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is for a limited time offering vouchers worth £500 towards the cost of getting gigabit-ready broadband installed in local homes as part of the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme.

Here’s how it works for residents

  1. Make contact with one of the registered suppliers on the scheme.
    Spectrum, Openreach, Gigaclear and Hyperoptic are some of the companies interested in building gigabit residential schemes in the Bristol City Council area, but more are being added.
  2. Discuss your case with the supplier who will advise if they can do a scheme in your street.  It may be necessary to bring some of your neighbours on board and combine vouchers to make a viable project

The scheme is open to groups of residents, thereby enabling streets or communities to all benefit and enjoy faster broadband speeds.   The £500 voucher from the scheme will subsidise the costs of setting up the broadband connection.

Contact the registered suppliers to know if they can provide a gigabit-ready connection at your home and seek their advise towards the possibility of doing a combined project with your neighbours or doing it on your own.

The full fibre connection could radically change speeds for homes, making their broadband faster and more reliable. Smart phones, tablets and laptops could all be connected to the network at the same time without any glitches and customers could even download a TV series in a few seconds.  The streaming of 4K or full-High Definition films would also be hassle free and gamers could play online without experiencing delays, thereby benefitting the whole household.

Also available for Bristol SMEs and organisations

This scheme runs alongside an initiative aimed at businesses, registered charities and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Bath & North East Somerset (BNES) and Bristol City Council are the only two Local Authorities that will in addition be trialling the scheme with residents in their area.

Councillor Craig Cheney, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Finance, Governance and Performance said: “There are many homes throughout the Bristol area that are lagging behind when it comes to broadband connection speeds. The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme could have a really positive change for many residents. One of our key areas of focus as an administration is to reduce isolation and improve connectivity both physically and digitally. This scheme will help us in delivering these goals as well as making it easier for residents to enjoy home entertainment, complete homework or even apply for jobs. We’re proud to be part of rolling this out and helping more Bristol residents to become more digitally literate whilst improving their quality of life.”

Minister for Digital Matt Hancock said: “A world-class digital communications network is essential to ensure the UK’s future competitiveness in the global market and its ability to attract investment. Faster and more reliable connections are transforming the way we live and work, and better broadband supports businesses to grow and become more productive.

“These voucher trials, alongside a range of other actions, are testament to Government’s ambition for full fibre infrastructure across the UK to underpin our digital economy.”

Find out more

Visit the Gigabit Voucher Scheme website