Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Broadband funding top-up for rural businesses in East Riding

An additional £500,000 has been committed to connecting homes and businesses in rural parts of East Riding with faster and more reliable internet speeds.

The funding, from East Riding of Yorkshire Council, is part of the Government’s £22 million Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme.

The scheme, which has been helping to provide gigabit-capable connections for businesses and homes in the most remote parts of the country, will now allow those homes and businesses in the East Riding who have speeds of less than 30mbps to get faster connections.

Eligible residential properties in rural areas will be able to apply for vouchers of up to £3,000 while small and medium sized businesses can apply for a maximum of £7,000.

The top-up funding forms part of the Broadband East Riding programme, which has enabled over 50,000 properties in the East Riding access superfast broadband to date.

“This top-up funding will be giving some of the most rural homes and businesses in the East Riding with low speeds the opportunity to access better broadband,” said Councillor Anne Handley, portfolio holder for enterprise and digital at East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

“I would encourage those people and businesses in rural locations to check if they are eligible and apply for the vouchers before Government’s closing date of 31st March 2021.”

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