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 faster broadband.
Subsidised support for broadband - The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme
The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS) 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, you may be able to combine your GBVS voucher with an additional contribution through the SBVS. If you are eligible for this, your chosen supplier will take this into account automatically and manage this on your behalf. There is no requirement for you to do anything. Visit the GBVS website to find out more about this scheme and whether you are eligible.
Universal Service Obligation
A Universal Service Obligation 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 comparison sites
You can find details of Ofcom accredited price comparison sites for Internet Service Providers here. Remember, upgrades to faster fibre speeds don’t happen automatically, you have to order it from your Internet Service Provider.