Broadband in our area

 
On this page we'll aim to give information abiout the options open to local residents regarding broadband internet connections to your homes and businesses.

Government funding

Government funding is available to help people living in rural areas get better broadband. There are two schemes currently available:

  • Rural Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme
  • Universal Service Obligation

Rural Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

Up to 1,500 per home and up to 3,500 for each small to medium size business (SME) is available to support the costs of installing gigabit-capable broadband. Funding is provided through the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme.

Gigabit-capable broadband offers the fastest and most reliable speeds available - of up to 1000Mbps or 1Gbps. Final speeds depend on the package purchased, but the aim is to provide enough capacity for now and for the future.

To qualify for the scheme, you must live in a rural area, be unable to get broadband speeds of 100Mbps or more and apply as a group of two or more premises.

Check your eligibility for the scheme by completing the postcode check at: https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/ and then follow the step-by-step guide on the website: http://www.superfastberkshire.org.uk.

Universal Service Obligation

If you're receiving 10Mbps or less, you may be eligible for the Universal Service Scheme. For more details and to check your postcode for eligibility go to: https://www.bt.com/broadband/USO.

Gigaclear broadband

Stephen Harris, a Community Engagement Manager from Gigaclear, can explain about installation, including things such as:

  • How FTTP (fibre to the premises) may improve your connectivity and daily use of broadband.
  • The connection "pot" locations (each property has its own connection point).
  • Routes to your property.
  • Speeds.
  • Costs.

You can contact Stephen using the details below: