Alternative Solutions

If you are not on the current plans for receiving fibre broadband, there are a number of options that you could consider. Whilst each has its own pros and cons, they can nevertheless provide significant improvements in speeds for people on slow and possibly unreliable broadband.

Avanti Superfast Satellite Broadband Project

The new Superfast Satellite Broadband project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), will provide SME businesses across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly with up to 40Mbps broadband speeds. The scheme enables businesses, which currently cannot get access to superfast broadband, to take up a 40Mbps service with subsidised installation and service charges.

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Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme

The Government is committed to giving access to 2Mbps download speed to every premise in the UK. As part of this Cornwall Council, in conjunction with Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), are delivering a Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme.  This scheme contributes towards the equipment and installation of a subsidised broadband connection.

Superfast Cornwall is opening up the scheme to premises that are not able to access internet speeds of at least 2Mbps and will not benefit from the fibre deployment. If you take advantage of this Scheme your household or business will still be eligible for a superfast broadband service in the future.

Households and businesses can take advantage of the Scheme if they meet the following three criteria: -

  1. Your home or business is not currently able to access a broadband download speed of at least 2Mbps. To check this information, please visit the BT Wholesale Line Checker, the lowest figure on the downstream range must be less than 2Mbps.
  2. There are no alternative affordable broadband services available to you, which would provide a download speed of at least 2Mbps.
  3. There are no plans to provide superfast broadband to your location within 12 months of the application.
This scheme subsidises the cost of either a satellite or mobile broadband connection (4G Mast/Antenna).

If you are interested in the Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme, please see further details in the Information Guide.
If you have any further queries please see the FAQs relating to the scheme.
Further information for communities wishing to aggregate codes towards a co-funded broadband network is available here.
If you would like to apply for a subsidy code, simply complete the application form, answer the questions and the team will determine whether you are eligible for the scheme or not.
If you cannot access a reliable connection, you can call us on 01872 324991 and we will complete the form for you.

Satellite Broadband

Please note that satellite services tend to have a monthly download cap. There is an inherent delay due to the distances involved and you should get used this when using applications like Skype and general web-surfing.

You should seek professional advice (e.g. from your IT provider) to check that all the services you plan to use are compatible with a satellite connection and whether any reconfiguration is required for things like your network, router and email set-up. Carefully consider your expected use before signing a contract for a satellite service.

Mobile Broadband

You can check the current availability of 4G broadband services using the Ofcom mobile coverage checker.

Please note that the disadvantage of using mobile broadband is that data packages offered by suppliers have a monthly download cap.

You should seek professional advice (e.g. from your IT provider) to ensure that all applications you intend to use will run sufficiently.

Can the subsidy be used to support fibre broadband?

One of the suppliers offering services through the scheme is BT, via its Community Fibre Partnerships scheme. The subsidy can be used to support coverage delivered through a Community Fibre Partnerships project, but the project has to be ready to go live at the time when the eligibility code is claimed (otherwise, the subsidy scheme would not be providing access in a timely way to an improved service).

Community Funded Schemes

The Government has published some guidance for privately funded community schemes, available here

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