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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP

SNP Government extends Superfast Broadband Voucher Scheme


A national voucher scheme helping people across North Ayrshire and Scotland access superfast broadband is being extended by three months.

Homes and businesses unable to access fast internet speeds now have until 31 March 2022 to apply for funding worth up to £400 under the Reaching 100% (R100) Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme. An additional £250 is available for those in the hardest-to-reach areas.

The vouchers can be used to boost broadband speeds by accessing technologies such as those using satellites, mobile and wireless solutions.

They are an interim measure pending completion of the SNP Government’s programme to deliver superfast speeds by installing permanent broadband connections in areas where the work is not viable for commercial providers.

Kenneth Gibson MSP said:

“Although broadband is reserved, the SNP Government is paying 97% of R100 through a massive £579 million investment as – unlike the Tory Government down in Westminster – it truly understands the connectivity needs of people in rural Scotland.”

Meanwhile, R100 programme continues to progress, to ensure every home and business in North Ayrshire, Arran and beyond has superfast broadband access by 2023.

“Extending the voucher scheme will help ensure no-one is excluded while we continue to roll out superfast broadband solutions across Scotland.”

For more information and to see if you are eligible, check the R100 online address checker.

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