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Faster broadband funding available

Funding is being made available to help homes and businesses in rural areas of Cumbria who don’t currently have access to broadband services of at least 30Mbps download. The funding will pay towards the cost of installing gigabit-capable broadband to premises when part of a group project.

£4m of funding has been approved in the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal to provide ‘top-up’ vouchers to cover the costs of installing gigabit capable broadband networks in rural areas. This is one of the first Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal projects to be actively launched following the agreement of the Heads of Terms between the Borderlands Partnership and the UK and Scottish Governments in July 2019.

Cllr. Mary Robinson, Deputy Leader and Commercial Services Portfolio Holder for Eden District Council, said: “I’m pleased to announce that through the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal, the Digital Borderlands Voucher Scheme went live on Thursday 25 June.

"The council has been campaigning for improved broadband for its residents and businesses for a number of years and the voucher scheme will give Eden residents and small to medium sized businesses the ability to benefit from gigabit-capable broadband.

"The importance of fast broadband, particularly due to the pandemic, has grown considerably with more of us working from home where a fast internet connection is vitally important. I would recommend individuals and businesses visit the Borderlands Growth Deal website to find out how the voucher scheme can benefit them."

What funding is available?

  • Residential properties are eligible for between £500 and £3,000 per property.
  • Small and medium-sized businesses are eligible for between £500 and £7,000 per property.

Three easy steps set up your scheme:

  1. Visit www.BorderlandsGrowth.com to find out more about the scheme.

  2. Contact your neighbours to find out if they would like to be part of the scheme.

  3. Find a registered supplier active in your area at www.gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk