Campbell & Kennedy are delighted to announce that they have been appointed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport to provide compliance services over the next three years as part of the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme.
The £67m Gigabit Broadband Voucher can be used by small businesses and the local communities surrounding them to contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit capable connection. Businesses can claim up to £3,000 against the cost of connection either individually or as part of a group project. Residents can benefit from the scheme with a voucher worth £500 as part of a group project.
The scheme, which was launched in March 2018, is part of the overall Local Full Fibre Networks programme, which has the strategic objective of increasing full fibre coverage across the UK.
Funding for the scheme has been drawn from a total of £740m from the National Productivity Investment Fund which has been allocated to LFFN and the 5G Testbeds and Trials programmes over the next four years.
Most business that meet the European Commission’s definition of a small or medium sized enterprise should be eligible to benefit from these vouchers ensuring they receive internet speeds double that of existing connections and capable of achieving speeds of 1Gbps without further hardware upgrades in the future.
As a compliance partner for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Campbell & Kennedy will provide audits of full fibre broadband connections, to ensure that all beneficiaries of the scheme have received their full connection.
Gerry Kennedy, Managing Director of C&K said, “We are delighted to be part of this exciting project and look forward to working and forging a strong relationship with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The Gigabit Voucher Scheme is an excellent scheme that should pave the way for businesses to become more efficient and productive by benefitting from FTTP technology.”
To find out more about the scheme visit https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/