Launch of Better Broadband Scheme
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have recently published new community broadband guidance, click here to see it, and are looking to further promote their Better Broadband Scheme which provides subsidised connections fo people in hard ot reach areas unable to get superfast broadband (basicbroadbandchecker.culture.gov.uk).
The Better Broadband Scheme has been developed by the UK governement to ensure that every household and business in the UK can access an affordable basic broadband service. An affordable service is defined as one that costs no more than £400 a year including installation, equipment and monthly fee. Better Broadband is open to any household or business who cannot access an affordable basic broadband service with a download speed of at least 2 Mb per second. To find out more go to basicbroadbandchecker.culture.gov.uk where information on eligibility and how to apply are available.
Community Broadband Guidance
To help communities interested in delivering community-led broadband infrastructure, DCMS has published a new web page, click here. For more detailed guidance, click here. For a selection of case studies, click here.
DCMS are keen to keep improving this guidance on community-led broadband, and add to the case studies, and would welcome any suggestions or contributions sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.