Kent Broadband Top-Up Voucher Scheme

Kent County Council has allocated up to £2.8 million for the Kent Top-Up Voucher Scheme for rural homes with no or slow broadband

What is it?

The Government has launched a Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme to help connect homes and businesses in the hardest-to-reach places in the UK.

Rural premises with broadband speeds of less than 30mbps can apply for vouchers worth up to £3,500 for each small and medium size business (SMEs), and up to £1,500 per residential premise to support the costs of a new gigabit-capable broadband connection when they apply as part of a group project (defined as two or
more properties).

Kent County Council is providing additional funding of up to £1,000 for eligible Kent residents taking up a Rural Gigabit Voucher. This ‘Kent top-up voucher’ means that homeowners can apply for funding of up to £2,500, compared to £1,500 elsewhere.

The Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme is being run by the the Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Who can apply?

  • must be located in a postcode defined by the Government as rural and in the Kent County Council area
  • must be a permanent residential dwelling
  • cannot get a broadband download speed of 30mbps or more from any provider
  • must be more than three years old
  • is not due to get faster broadband through any other public or market-led broadband programme
  • must form part of a group Scheme (group projects are where two or more residents and/or businesses get together to combine their vouchers)

How to apply

If you are eligible for a rural gigabit vouchers you can access the scheme through a registered supplier, who will apply on your behalf.
The Kent Top-Up Voucher will be applied to eligible properties as part of this process so there is no need for a separate application.

For further information and how to apply:

Visit Kent.gov.uk/kentvoucherscheme

email kentvoucherscheme@Kent.gov.uk

or call: 03000 420 009