The UK Government has delivered superfast broadband connectivity to over 600,000 homes and businesses across Scotland, connecting families and improving opportunities for business.
What is superfast broadband?
Superfast broadband and gigabit-capable broadband enable faster internet download and upload speeds.
This improves experiences for households and businesses, for example Gigabit-capable broadband enables internet download speeds of up to 1,000 megabits per second (mbps) which is enough to download a HD movie in less than 30 seconds.
Superfast broadband and gigabit-capable broadband has the potential to make communities even more attractive places to live by giving people the freedom to work more flexibly and develop thriving digital economies.
What is happening in Scotland?
The UK Government has delivered faster speeds to more than 600,000 homes and businesses in Scotland and has invested more than £120 million in Digital Scotland
The UK Government’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is a UK-wide, supplier-led scheme. It offers vouchers to pay towards the cost of installing gigabit-capable broadband to rural premises like homes and businesses.
The vouchers are worth up to £3,500 for small and medium sized businesses and up to £1,500 for residential premises.
Anyone who is interested can use a postcode checker to find registered suppliers in their area. Their chosen supplier will guide them through the application.
The Scottish Government also offers the Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme that provides people with a voucher worth up to £5,000 to help deliver a permanent broadband connection to properties where there is no roll-out of superfast broadband planned.
To ensure those in the hardest-to-reach areas of Scotland don’t miss out on gigabit-capable broadband, the UK and Scottish governments have teamed up to combine their funding and expand that pot to up to £8,500 for SMEs and up to £6,500 for homes.
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