A satellite broadband voucher has been launched for people in Suffolk who cannot get at least 2Mbps in any other way.
The announcement comes as the second phase of the Better Broadband For Suffolk programmes begins early with a fibre broadband cabinet coming online in Eye.
The satellite broadband service is to meet the Government’s commitment that everyone should have access to a broadband service of at least 2Mbps by the end of 2015.
The scheme, providing broadband by satellite, has been trialled in Suffolk over the last few months and is intended as an interim solution for businesses and homes that get less than 2Mbps, and which are not included in the planned coverage in the next 12 months.
Eligible people can now apply for a voucher to cover the initial installation and commissioning costs of a satellite broadband receiver. A guide and application form for the satellite broadband scheme can be found on the Better Broadband for Suffolk website at www.betterbroadbandsuffolk.com
Suffolk County Council is also supporting BT’s ‘Never Say No’ community fibre broadband scheme. As the second-round rollout continues, those areas where connections will be a challenge will be contacted to discuss the options open to them. Further information on this is available at www.communityfibre.bt.com
The first round of broadband deployment under the Better Broadband for Suffolk Programme was completed in September 2015, making fibre broadband available to 105,000 more premises, bringing total coverage about 85 per cent of premises in Suffolk. The work was delivered ahead of schedule and extended fibre broadband to an additional 5,000 properties beyond the original plan.
Suffolk County Council’s Leader Colin Noble said: “It is important for all residents and businesses to understand that where high speed broadband service is available, they must contact their service provider to make the switch. It is not an automatic process.”