Grants to help Derbyshire residents access faster broadband

20 December 2017

A project which allows residents and businesses with poor broadband speeds to apply for a grant to access a faster service has been extended by a year.

We have welcomed the move for the extension of the grants which are available from the Government-led Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme − supported by us.

Homes and businesses could be eligible for a grant if:

  • they are unable to access a broadband service with a download speed of at least 2Mb per second
  • they are not receiving a download speed of at least 2Mb per second with their current provider and there is no alternative broadband service available
  • there are no plans to provide fixed fibre broadband where they live within six to 12 months of submitting a grant application.

A grant can be used towards the cost of the set up and installation of a satellite, wireless or 4G broadband service and equipment up to the value of £350.

Applications will close on Monday 31 December 2018.

Our Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure Councillor Simon Spencer said:

"This is fantastic news for residents and businesses in Derbyshire with poor broadband speeds.

"For most of us the internet plays a vital role in our lives whether it's for personal or business use so having a quick and reliable download speed is really important.

"It's a key priority of ours to ensure that Derbyshire gets full broadband coverage and these grants are a significant step towards helping residents and businesses access better services."

Grants from the Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme can also be used in connection with BT's Community Fibre Partnership.

Digital Derbyshire − a multi-million pound partnership between us and BT − has already made fibre-optic broadband technology available to more than 90,000 homes and businesses across Derbyshire.

Fibre broadband helps make everything happen online much faster than a standard broadband connection, with download speeds in certain areas of up to 330Mbps.

Apply or find out more about the Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme (opens in a new window).

The Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme does not cover the monthly subscription costs for any service.