Project Gigabit overview
Project Gigabit is a £5 billion government infrastructure project that brings together everything the government is doing to provide fast and reliable digital connectivity for the country.
It includes schemes such as the Gigabit Broadband Voucher scheme (GBVS) as well as phased contracts to those hard-to-reach parts of the UK that will need government support towards the cost of gigabit-capable broadband.
Regional procurements are managed by Building Digital UK (BDUK), part of the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT), and are coming forward in phases, in support of the gigabit rollout. Commercial broadband network suppliers will compete to win the contracts to help deliver Project Gigabit. Of the relevant contracts, Lot 30 covers Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire, including Swindon.
Building Digital UK (BDUK) has launched a new UK Gigabit Broadband Voucher scheme which will provide vouchers worth up to £4,500 for homes and businesses in the hardest to reach rural areas with current speeds of less than 100 megabits per second (Mbps) to support the cost of installing new gigabit-capable connections to their doorstep when part of a group scheme. We will provide more information on this webpage as soon as this scheme is available in Wiltshire.
Broadband Universal Service Obligation
In addition to the Gigabit Broadband Voucher scheme, Central Government passed legislation to ensure that every home and business in the UK has the legal right to request a decent, affordable broadband connection.
If you cannot get a download speed of 10Mbps and an upload speed of 1Mbps, you can request an upgraded connection. You can make this request direct to BT and you do not need to be an existing customer of BT to apply.
Learn more about the Universal Service Obligation at: Your right to request a decent broadband service: What you need to know - Ofcom, including eligibility criteria and how to apply.
BDUK is investing £5 billion to level up hard-to-reach premises and deliver next-generation connectivity. To evidence progress and showcase the connections made up and down the country, the BDUK Engagement and Public Information team are on the lookout for case study candidates.
Have you connected a public facility that now reaches more customers, an entrepreneur who can run their business more successfully remotely, or a youth group that helps their community? BDUK wants to hear about the diverse and interesting connections made, the hard-to-reach places and the unique characters you've met along the way.
Hopefully, you and BDUK can work together to maximise impact and any positive coverage. To let BDUK know about case studies, please fill in their form: BDUK Case Study form.
Explore some of BDUK's existing case studies at: Project gigabit: Case Studies.