Friday, 6 September 2013

Superfast broadband vouchers for small businesses

A pilot has been launched to encourage Edinburgh’s growing small to medium sized business sector to connect to superfast broadband.
The scheme is part of the UK Government’s £150 million super connected cities programme and is being delivered locally through Business Gateway.

Vouchers will be awarded to businesses to help cover the installation costs of connecting to superfast broadband services up to the value of £3,000. Businesses will pay the VAT costs and the ongoing subscription. The pilot is open until the end of September with the application process taking a couple of weeks to complete, therefore businesses need to move quickly to take advantage of the opportunity.

To qualify for a voucher, applicants should be small to medium sized or be a third sector organisation located in the City of Edinburgh Council area, have fewer than 250 employees and a turnover of less than £40m. Further information and the application form can be found at


Edinburgh’s Connected Capital Programme is part of the £150m Super Connected Cities Programme which is being delivered through Broadband Delivery UK which is part of the UK Government’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport. Other projects which are planned to be part of the  Connected Capital Programme are an outdoor wireless network delivered though a service concession contract, wireless hotspots in a number of public buildings, wi-fi on the tram and buses and other innovative connectivity projects.

Superfast broadband is defined as speed of, or over 30 Megabytes per Second (Mbps), Ultrafast is defined 80 to 100+ Mbps.

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