A Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme (SBVS), funded by the Scottish Government, has been launched.
Fixed Wireless Access broadband has been identified as the most economic and fastest way to deliver high speed internet access in some of the most challenging parts of the country.
The voucher scheme will provide funding of up to £5,000 to help homes and businesses not in scope of either Reaching 100% (R100) contracts or planned commercial investment to obtain superfast broadband where providers may not ordinarily go.
People can use a postcode tracker to find out information on superfast roll-out in their area as well as providing information on voucher scheme eligibility.
Link: Digital Scotland
I used it to check my broadband connection and this was the message after putting in my postcode and address:
Commenting on the Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme, David Burns, Chairman of UKWISPA (UK Wireless Service Providers Association) , said
“UKWISPA warmly welcomes this initiative from the Scottish Government. Fixed Wireless Access broadband is an ideal solution for much of rural Scotland and our members will be working hard to connect as many properties as possible and to far exceed the speed target of 30 Mbps.
“We would urge operators who wish to take part in the scheme to register as soon as possible for registration to be processed in time for the scheme’s full launch in September. In doing so, we believe the fixed wireless industry will have a key role in the success of extending connectivity to reach 100% of premises in Scotland.”
Paul Wheelhouse, Connectivity Minister, in the Scottish Government, said:
“Digital Connectivity has played a vital role in supporting our efforts to keep people safe during the Covid-19 lockdown and will be pivotal in plans for our strategic economic recovery from the pandemic.
“Work is underway to build the infrastructure which will underpin R100, backed by Scottish Government funding of £579M. This, together with commercially-driven work, will ensure the vast majority of homes and businesses across the country can access superfast broadband access by the end of 2021.
“But Scotland has some of the most challenging locations anywhere in Europe for providing telecoms infrastructure and I have always been clear that additional measures may still be needed to provide superfast access to some of the hardest-to-reach areas.
“That is why we have been developing plans in parallel with the main infrastructure investment to ensure our 100% commitment is met, and the Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme offering a level of funding far exceeding that of any other broadband voucher scheme currently in operation within the UK, will ensure that everyone can access and benefit from this world-leading digital capability.”
Reporter: Fiona Grahame