Rural areas are eligible for thousands in vouchers towards better broadband

Several news outlets, including the MailOnline, report on the announcement that more rural homes and businesses could benefit from the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme which has received additional funding

The scheme was launched in 2018 with the aim of increasing gigabit-capable coverage across the UK, especially in the countryside.

The scheme enables rural participants to access a discount to gaining full-fibre gigabit broadband. Rural areas with slow internet speeds are now in line for ultrafast broadband due to a £22.2 million government funding boost to the scheme.

Improving the nation's connectivity speeds was a key election pledge from Boris Johnson, who said he wanted to bring gigabit-speed broadband to the whole of the UK in the next five years.

Digital Infrastructure Minister Matt Warman MP (Con) is urging businesses and communities to apply for the vouchers. They are worth up to £1,500 for rural homes and up to £3,500 for small and medium-sized businesses in rural areas.

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