Better Broadband Scheme extended to 2019

The closing date for applications for the Better Broadband Scheme has now been extended until 31 December 2019, offering further help for those struggling with the slowest broadband speeds.

Offering a subsidised basic broadband connection to anyone unable to get download speeds of at least 2 mbps, and who will not benefit from the superfast broadband roll out within the next 12 months, the scheme has boosted the broadband speeds of more than 20,000 homes and businesses in some of the hardest to reach areas of the UK since its launch at the end of 2015.

Households and businesses that are eligible to take advantage of the scheme have the installation and hardware costs of their connection subsidised to ensure their first year costs are no more than £400.

Margot James, Minister for Digital, said: “Improving broadband services for people struggling with poor connections is a top priority for the government - we want everyone to benefit from the digital revolution. While we’ve helped make superfast speeds a reality for 19 out of 20 UK premises and are reaching thousands more each week, this scheme offers immediate assistance to those most in need.”

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