THE UK Government is committed to a vision of a country connected by superfast broadband which will improve the lives of citizens at work and play and supercharge the efficiency of businesses everywhere.
The Gigabit Voucher scheme is its way of accomplishing that goal as quickly as possible in the short-term.
It is carrot and stick – the carrot being the opportunity to get your broadband connection vastly improved at no cost to yourself; the stick, that the work needs to be done before the time-limited offer expires.
How it works
The scheme is a form of Government funding which enables the infrastructure to be built which will connect rural communities with capacity of up to a Gigabit of data per second wherever possible.
That represents a breathtaking improvement on the current level of service, which in most cases in the UK is under 30Mpbs. Rymote installs gigabit-capable infrastructure which delivers up to 900Mbps.
We’re paid to do so by vouchers issued by the Government.
So the process is that people and businesses apply to have the broadband in their community upgraded and if the application is successful, the Government pays expert contractors like Rymote to install.
The vouchers provide up to £1,500 per household and £3,500 for small and medium-sized businesses to support the cost of installing new gigabit connections as the Government mobilises private contractors to do the work for them.
Successfully applying to be part of the voucher scheme means that a company, Rymote in our case, will effectively be paid to install your new superfast online connections at no cost to those involved in the scheme.
The offer is time-limited though and the window is now less than two years from closing, so anyone interested needs to wake up to the offer fast, and take advantage.
Rymote helps those interested along every step of the journey from application to install to admin.
You can read more about the scheme, in the Government’s own words, here or pick up all the basics from the panels below.