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Get faster broadband for your community

Published: 29 October 2021

Broadband

Find out how you can improve broadband speeds

If you live in a rural area of Surrey slow broadband can be a real struggle and with more people working from home, there's an even greater need for speed.

Fortunately, the Government's latest Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is offering funding to some rural homes and businesses to help get the gigabit speeds needed to go about their day online. With one gigabit being about the same as 1,000 Mbps it's a big leap forward in connection speeds, especially for those that struggle for connection in a rural setting.

Who is the scheme for?

To be eligible for the scheme you must either have a home or small to medium business in a rural location that can only access broadband speeds of less than 100 Mbps. There also can't be existing plans to upgrade the broadband infrastructure in your area for you to qualify.

You can check your eligibility using the postcode checker on the Government's Gigabit Vouchers web page.

What is the voucher worth?

Those eligible could be entitled to up to £1,500 per home or £3,500 per small to medium business. The funding from the voucher would go towards costs of bringing gigabit speeds to the community.

Community Connections

It's not possible for a single home or business to apply for the voucher alone as the aim of the scheme is to improve access for communities. Anyone eligible should reach out to their neighbours and local business owners so they can band together and work with a supplier to improve connection for everyone.

If you would like to discuss the Gigabit Voucher Scheme in a bit more detail, please email broadband.enquiries@surreycc.gov.uk

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