Residential properties and small businesses in rural areas of Huddersfield may now be eligible for the government’s Rural Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme.
Homes and businesses in outlying areas including Marsden, Meltham, Shepley, Skelmanthorpe and Slaithwaite as well as other areas of Kirklees such as Birkenshaw are set to benefit from the scheme.
According to Kirklees Council, up to as many as 16,000 homes and 900 small to-medium businesses could be eligible for funding towards installing broadband which is ‘gigabit-capable. Vouchers which are used towards the cost of the scheme are provided by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
The nationwide scheme encourages the installation of these full-fibre, fast connections in hard-to-reach areas that aren’t likely to be connected through the commercial rollout of gigabit networks.
Under the scheme, two or more rural homes or businesses with broadband speeds of less than 100 Mbps can group together to use vouchers worth £1,500 per home, or £3,500 per small to medium-sized business to support the cost of installing the new connections.
Those eligible for the scheme access it through a registered supplier who requests the voucher on behalf of their customers.
To see whether you’re eligible for the rural voucher, and to find registered suppliers in your area, entering your postcode at www.gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk.