Overhaul planned to UK business broadband scheme

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Financial Times recently reported that the UK is to revamp a £100m scheme designed to offer high speed broadband for businesses in large cities after a poor response to the government’s digital policy. Only £7.5m of the £100m subsidy available for business broadband has been allocated despite the scheme only having six months left to run. The scheme provides companies with vouchers worth up to £3,000 to buy connections, but was suggested that businesses were finding it difficult to understand the details due to the many options available.

Now, the process for the “super-connected cities” scheme will be simplified to help businesses gain funding and will be promoted by a £2m advertising campaign which will target the 22 cities involved. Several service providers are revising offers to businesses under the scheme. Ed Vaizey says “It is a phase-one scheme. 6,000 businesses have signed which is pretty successful. It is a demand-led scheme and it is important to get the details right. Registration will be made as simple as possible.”

More information on the scheme is available from the link below:-

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/100m-broadband-funding-boost-for-small-businesses-in-22-cities

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