Superfast South Yorkshire (SFSY) want to make sure that parish councils, town councils, and community groups in rural areas are aware of the Government’s Rural Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme. Specifically, there may be premises in Oxspring which fall in eligible postcodes.
These vouchers provide funding for group projects that install gigabit-capable (1Gbps/1,000Mbps) fibre broadband for rural businesses and residents. The scheme contributes up to £3,500 towards connection for each small-to-medium-sized business (SME) and up to £1,500 per residential premises involved in a group project.
SFSY would like to help residents and businesses access this scheme. We’re happy to answer any questions and facilitate the formation of a group project however we can (eg. hosting of conference calls). Likewise, if you could please circulate this opportunity to your residents through local meetings, newsletters, and social media groups that would be much appreciated.
There are certain eligibility criteria associated with this voucher. In addition to being rural, eligible premises must not currently be able to access download speeds of more than 100Mbps. Group projects must also consist of two or more premises (business or residential), as single applicants are ineligible.
The Rural Gigabit Connectivity Programme Process
- Form a project group of eligible rural residential and/or business premises with your neighbours
- Visit https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/for-residents/suppliers/ to find out which suppliers are active in your area. Your chosen supplier will advise you on your eligibility and guide you through the process.
- Commit to a 12 month contract with your supplier for a product with speeds double your current speeds (and at least 30Mbps) through a gigabit capable connection
SFSY is a partnership between Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Councils, UK Government and the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership.
The Rural Gigabit Connectivity programme is managed by Building Digital UK, part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, however SFSY are happy to help you with forming a group project, so if you have further questions or would like assistance please get in touch.