Are you ready?
In March 2018 the government announced a £67 million Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme to support the cost of installing faster and more reliable full fibre broadband connections for small to medium-sized businesses and the local communities around them.
With increasing use of cloud-based services (data storage and payroll for example), streamed services, voice and video conferencing, and cyber security measures, today's connectivity speeds may begin to slow under the impact of increased traffic. Gigabit capable connections will allow users to increase download and upload speeds according to their needs well into the future.
Small to medium-sized businesses can claim up to £3,000 against the cost of connection either individually or as part of a group project. Residents can claim a voucher worth £500 as part of a group project.
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.
For full details about whether you are eligible for a voucher and to connect you to a full fibre broadband supplier, please visit gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk.
Rural gigabit vouchers
Business and residents in rural areas of Harrogate district are eligible for additional funding towards the cost of installing gigabit-capable broadband to their premises when part of a group project.
Rural premises, experiencing speeds below 30 megabits per second (Mbps), will be eligible for between £500 and £3,500 per small and medium-sized businesses (SME) and between £500 and £1,500 per resident to support the cost of installing new gigabit-capable connections.
For further information please visit gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk.