*Please note* The Better Broadband Scheme has been extended for a further year until 31st December 2019, ensuring that a subsidised basic broadband installation remains available to eligible applicants. The new operating system is supplier-led and only registered suppliers will be able to request vouchers on behalf of their customers.


The Better Broadband Voucher Scheme is a UK-wide government subsidy scheme to provide an affordable, basic broadband installation to homes and businesses that are unable to access a broadband service with a download speed of at least 2 Mbps – and who will not benefit from the superfast broadband roll out within the next 12 months.

Since its launch in December 2015, the scheme has boosted the broadband speeds of more than 20,000 homes and businesses in some of the hardest to reach areas of the UK. Households and businesses that are eligible to take advantage of the scheme have the installation and hardware costs of their connection subsidised to ensure their first year costs are no more than £400.

Are you eligible?

This scheme is available for both residential and business premises** that do not currently have access to broadband speeds of more than 2Mbps from any national or local broadband provider. Enter your address here to check what broadband speeds are currently available at your address on the Openreach network. In addition, your premises must not already be due to be fibre enabled under Superfast Essex’s rollout plans in the next six months. Check our interactive rollout map to ensure there is no work planned in your postcode area in this timeframe.

If you are interested in getting a better broadband connection you will first need to make enquiries with suppliers registered to the scheme. Follow this link to find out which suppliers can deliver a connection through the scheme in your area: https://basicbroadband.culture.gov.uk/who/suppliers/