If you are currently experiencing poor broadband speeds and don’t want to wait for the R100 programme to reach your address, there are alternative ways you can access a faster broadband speed.
Subsidised support for broadband - The Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme
The Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme (RGVS) is a UK-wide subsidy scheme aimed at groups of individuals or businesses based in rural areas. The scheme offers funding towards the cost of installing gigabit capable broadband to residential and business premises which currently have broadband speeds less than 100Mbps. In some cases, addresses may be eligible for an additional contribution through the RGVS. If this is the case, your chosen supplier will take this into account automatically and manage this on your behalf. There is no requirement for you to do anything. To find out more about this scheme and whether you are eligible have a look at: https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/
Universal Service Obligation
A Universal Service Obligation (USO) for broadband was launched in 2020. Regulated by Ofcom, everyone in the UK has a legal right to request a broadband connection of at least 10Mbps. More information can be found here.
BT is the Universal Service Provider for Scotland – further information applying for a connection is available here.
Broadband via Mobile Network
Most mobile operators now offer broadband over mobile services commercially. They attach a receiver unit to your home or business that connects to a home router just like standard broadband. You would need to check with mobile operators for coverage in your area.
Packages are currently available with speeds in excess of 30Mbps. Speeds do vary so always check with the provider what speeds they expect you to consistently get.