A project which allows residents and businesses with poor broadband speeds to apply for a grant to access a faster service has been extended by a year.
Derbyshire County Council have welcomed the move for the extension of the grants which are available from the Government-led ‘Better Broadband’ Subsidy Scheme.
Homes and businesses could be eligible for a grant if:
- they are unable to access a broadband service with a download speed of at least 2Mb per second
- they are not receiving a download speed of at least 2Mb per second with their current provider and there is no alternative broadband service available
- there are no plans to provide fixed fibre broadband where they live within six to 12 months of submitting a grant application.
A grant can be used towards the cost of the set up and installation of a satellite, wireless or 4G broadband service and equipment up to the value of £350.
Applications will close on Monday 31 December 2018.
The Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure Councillor Simon Spencer said:
“This is fantastic news for residents and businesses in Derbyshire with poor broadband speeds.
“For most of us the internet plays a vital role in our lives whether it’s for personal or business use so having a quick and reliable download speed is really important.
“It’s a key priority of ours to ensure that Derbyshire gets full broadband coverage and these grants are a significant step towards helping residents and businesses access better services.”
Grants from the Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme can also be used in connection with BT’s Community Fibre Partnership.
Digital Derbyshire − a multi-million pound partnership between the DCC and BT − has already made fibre-optic broadband technology available to more than 90,000 homes and businesses across Derbyshire.
Fibre broadband helps make everything happen online much faster than a standard broadband connection, with download speeds in certain areas of up to 330Mbps.
The Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme does not cover the monthly subscription costs for any service.