The Government’s Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme offers up to £3,500 for small businesses and £1,500 for homes which currently have a connection speed of below 30 megabits per second (Mb/s).
To qualify, applicants must be in an area classified as rural and need to include at least two or more premises.
Once this has been established, they should contact a supplier who will advise on providing the connection and offer support through the process.
West Oxfordshire District Council is already working with Gigaclear, one of a number of companies supporting the Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme, to deliver ultrafast fibre to the premises (FTTP) broadband to 4,600 homes in difficult to reach rural locations by the end of the financial year.
The voucher scheme will help other properties to upgrade to FTTP broadband which can deliver speeds of up to one gigabit per second.
Cllr Steve Good, Cabinet Member for Broadband, said: “Fast broadband is essential for modern homes and businesses even if they are in rural locations.
“These vouchers are an excellent way of ensuring everyone can access the FTTP technology and I would encourage as many people as possible to apply for them while Government funding is in place.”
Anyone not in a rural area can also access vouchers towards FTTP broadband through the original Gigabit Voucher Scheme.
Those wanting to find out more about the voucher schemes and how to apply should visit https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/