National Schemes

Subsidised broadband access in East Sussex

National Schemes

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National Better Broadband Scheme

The Better Broadband Scheme has been extended for a further year until 31st December 2019, ensuring that a subsidised basic broadband installation remains available to eligible applicants.  In support of this extension, BDUK is taking the opportunity to improve the scheme’s processes and functionality in order to deliver a more efficient and effective service.

 The existing application process closes at midday on 31st December 2018 and, following a brief pause to implement the necessary changes, BDUK aim to re-launch the Better Broadband Voucher Scheme in January 2019.

Accessing a Basic Broadband Service

The Government set a target for all UK homes and businesses to have access to a basic broadband service (at least 2Mpbs download speed) by the end of 2015.  To do this, they made available the option of a subsidised basic broadband installation for eligible properties, which is still available.

This national scheme will contribute towards the cost of equipment and installation of a satellite / wireless broadband connection. Customers will be able to choose from a range of options including packages with higher speeds or greater monthly data caps.

Who can have a subsidy?

  • The property must be in the e-Sussex area (East Sussex, Brighton and Hove)
  • You cannot be capable of receiving a broadband connection of more than 2mbps from the BT Openreach network
  • The property cannot receive other, alternative broadband services of at least 2mbps
  • A unique code from the scheme must not have already been assigned to the property
  • The property must have been assessed as being in an area of market failure for basic broadband provision and be eligible for State Aid
  • Survey work has not started to deliver publicly-funded fibre-based broadband which is capable of delivering at least 2mpbs to your property (we will advise of this when assessing your application)

Then what ?

If you are eligible for subsidy you will be able to choose a service from any of the service providers covering this area that are part of the scheme. They will be offering a variety of packages that you can choose from. You should choose one based on the amount of data you expect to use each month and the speed of the connection you would like. Participating service providers are:

If you are interested in this scheme please read the full scheme guide.

Once you have read the guide, if you think you are eligible and would like to proceed, you can submit an application here

After you submit the application form we will check the local deployment plans to see whether you are expected to get an improved service. If you are not scheduled to be upgraded and we can confirm that you are unable to access services of at least 2Mbps, you will be sent an email with a subsidy code and instructions on how proceed.

You can access further FAQs on the scheme here by clicking on this link: FAQs

You can access information for communities on aggregating subsidy codes under the scheme by clicking on this link: aggregating codes

Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

About the scheme

This is a national scheme to provide future-proof full fibre connections for homes and businesses.

Businesses can claim up to £3,000 against the cost of gigabit-capable (1,000 megabit) internet connections, either individually or as part of a group.  Residents can benefit from the scheme too if they are part of a group project which also includes businesses, and can claim a voucher with a value of up to £500.

Apply for the Gigabit Broadband Voucher scheme

The scheme is only accessible through broadband service providers. For more information about the scheme, including details of how to apply, please visit the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport's Gigabit Broadband Voucher website: