Better broadband service
The government has committed to giving access to 2Mbps download speed to every premises in the UK from the end of 2015. As part of this commitment, local partnerships in conjunction with Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) (link opens in new window) are making available the option of a subsidised satellite broadband installation for eligible premises. This provides support towards the cost of equipment and installation of a satellite broadband connection so that a basic broadband service can be purchased for a first year cost of no more than £400 (taking account of any up-front costs and the 12 month service charges). The subsidised installation can also be used to access higher cost packages with higher speeds or greater monthly data caps.
You will only be eligible if your premises does not have access to speeds of more than 2Mbps. Note: As well as the major broadband networks such as BT Openreach and Virgin Media, you may also be able to get a basic broadband service from other suppliers who have coverage within the area.
If you are eligible for a subsidised installation you will be able to choose a service from any of the retail service providers that are part of the scheme, each of which will be offering a variety of packages based around the amount of data you need and the speed of the connection. Participating satellite retail service providers (RSPs) can be found here:
- Avonline broadband (link opens in new window)
- Bentley Walker (link opens in new window)
- Broadband Wherever (link opens in new window)
- BT Community Partnerships (link opens in new window)
- Digiweb (link opens in new window)
- Europasat (link opens in new window)
- ibub (link opens in new window)
- Lincolnshire Satellite Broadband (link opens in new window)
- NotSpot Broadband (link opens in new window)
- Rural Broadband (link opens in new window)
- SAS UK (link opens in new window)
- Satellite Internet (link opens in new window)
You will need to read the scheme guide (PDF 25.7KB) and FAQs (PDF 123.6KB) . Once you have read the guide, if you think you are eligible, you can apply for a subsidy code which will enable you to gain access to a subsidised installation.
If you are eligible you will be sent an email with a subsidy code and instructions on how to get a subsidised installation.