CDS now offering Better Broadband scheme vouchers

Broadband

Posted on: 15 March 2019

The Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) broadband programme has today announced that it is now offering vouchers through the national BDUK Better Broadband Scheme.

All homes and businesses in the region with broadband speeds of less than two Megabits per second (Mbps), without a published delivery date for superfast broadband within the next 12 months, are now eligible to apply for an interim solution under the voucher scheme.

The Better Broadband Voucher Scheme, administered by BDUK, helps provide access to a broadband service offering download speeds of at least 10 Mbps.

Vouchers worth up to £350 would contribute towards the cost of equipment and installation of a 4G, Fixed Wireless or Satellite solution.

Applications need to be made through registered suppliers on the approved supplier list at https://basicbroadbandchecker.culture.gov.uk/

Any premises benefiting from a voucher will not be removed from future superfast delivery plans. This includes premises within current planned superfast delivery through our Airband and Gigaclear contracts.

Councillor David Hall

Councillor David Hall, CDS Board member and Somerset County Council Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Planning and Community Infrastructure, said: “We are delighted to be part of the national Better Broadband Scheme which can provide some interim and quick solutions for some of our residents and businesses. We know from running our local voucher scheme that this type of support is needed and while we remain committed to delivering superfast connections across Devon and Somerset, we recognise that not all parts of the area are currently being served, and this scheme can help fill the gap.”

The Better Broadband Scheme runs until the end of 2019 and is open to residential and business premises.

For more information, and to apply for a voucher, visit the Better Broadband Scheme website.

10 comments on “CDS now offering Better Broadband scheme vouchers

  1. Paul Grafton says:

    I too have searched in vain for a list of suppliers or anywhere to check my address’s eligibility.

    • Hi Paul,
      If you click on the “Who’s Eligible?” tab of the Better Broadband voucher scheme website you’ll see a “suppliers in my area” section (here’s the link) – https://basicbroadband.culture.gov.uk/who/suppliers/

      You then enter your postcode in the search box to find out which suppliers can deliver a connection through the scheme in your area.

      This will then provide you with the name(s) of fully registered suppliers to the BDUK Better Broadband Voucher Scheme that are active in your area.

      You’ll then be able to click on the supply company’s website where they will have an option to apply for a voucher.

  2. Steve says:

    Most days I am at 1.7-1.9. Occasionally I get 2.03-2.05
    There are no plans at all to bring superfast BB to my house as we are too far away from the “box”.
    Will I be eligible?

    • Hi Steve, BDUK administer the scheme and they do apply a common sense test to the speeds listed for individual applicants. Where a speed is marginal, such as yours, they would tend to err on the side of approval. There is also an appeal process but, in your case, we suspect this would not be necessary.

  3. Sarah Vertigan says:

    I have been all around this website and all the ‘click heres’ and not yet found anywhere I can register my interest – please enlighten me!

    • Hi Sarah,
      If you are interested in applying for vouchers you will first need to make enquiries with suppliers registered to the scheme, which can be accessed via the Better Broadband voucher scheme website: https://basicbroadband.culture.gov.uk/who/suppliers/

      Please enter your postcode in the search box to find out which suppliers can deliver a connection through the scheme in your area.

      This will then provide you with the name(s) of fully registered suppliers to the BDUK Better Broadband Voucher Scheme that are active in your area.

      You’ll then be able to click on the supply company’s website where they will have an option to apply for a voucher.

  4. ken says:

    “All homes and businesses in the region with broadband speeds of less than two Megabits per second (Mbps), without a published delivery date for superfast broadband within the next 12 months”

    Does this mean both conditions OR just one of the conditions???

  5. Graham Long says:

    If you live in a CDS/Gigaclear Phase 2 full fibre roll out area but the roll out date on the Gigaclear website says “TBC” and the CDS/Gigaclear contracts remain on indefinite hold, does that mean such properties “do not have a published date for superfast broadband” and are therefore eligible for a Better Broadband Voucher? – even if contracts between CDS and Gigaclear are agreed at a later date and full fibre then becomes available?

    • Hi Graham, you’re correct – properties that do not have a published date for superfast broadband and have speeds of less than 2Mbps are eligible – even if contracts between CDS and Gigaclear are agreed at a later date.

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