*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.

In support of this extension, BDUK is taking the opportunity to improve the scheme’s processes and functionality in order to deliver a more efficient and effective service.

The existing application process closed at midday on 31st December 2018 and, following a brief pause to implement the necessary changes, BDUK aim to re-launch the Better Broadband Voucher Scheme in January 2019.

Applications submitted by midday on 31st December 2018 will be processed by Monday 14th January 2019.

Further information will be made available shortly.


The Government has committed to giving every premises in the UK access to a minimum of 2Mbps download. As part of this commitment, Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) is offering a basic broadband service at a capped cost for eligible premises. This Better Broadband Scheme (also referred to as the UK Government Subsidy Scheme and formerly known as the Basic Broadband Scheme) will give support towards the cost of equipment and installation of a satellite or wireless broadband connection so that a basic broadband service can be purchased for a first year cost of no more than £400 (taking account of any upfront costs and the 12 month service charges). Customers signing up under the scheme can also choose service packages with higher speeds or greater monthly data caps if they are happy to spend more.

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. In addition, your premises must not already be due to be fibre enabled under Superfast Essex’s rollout plans in the next six months.

Note: Premises owned by a business that has received public subsidy in the past may be subject to State Aid restrictions if the total subsidy received within the last 3 years, including the subsidy under this scheme, amounts to more than €200,000.

Check our interactive rollout map to ensure that no work is planned in your postcode area under the Superfast Essex fibre broadband rollout over the next six months.
Enter your address here to check what broadband speeds are currently available at your address on the Openreach network.