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: -
- 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.
- There are no alternative affordable broadband services available to you, which would provide a download speed of at least 2Mbps.
- There are no plans to provide superfast broadband to your location within 12 months of the application.
- Satellite services tend to have more stringent monthly download cap.
- The inherent delay due to the distances involved mean that things like Skype calls will not provide the best experience for users
- Some applications (like IPSEC based VPNs) may not function at the full broadband speed as a result of the timing delays, and may have greatly reduced performance.
- That all the services you plan to use are compatible with a satellite connection
- Whether any reconfiguration is required for things like your network, router and email set-up.
The Government has published some guidance for privately funded community schemes, available here.
Can the subsidy be used to support fibre broadband?