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New satellite broadband scheme

12 February 2016

The Government has committed to giving access to a broadband service with at least a 2Mbps download speed to every premises in the UK from the end of 2015. As part of this commitment, local bodies in conjunction with Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) are making available the option of a subsidised satellite broadband service for eligible premises.

This provides support towards the cost of the equipment and installation of a satellite broadband service, up to the value of £350.

The subsidised installation can also be used to access more expensive packages with faster speeds or larger monthly usage limits.

You will only be eligible if your premises does not already have access to broadband with speeds of more than 2Mbps.

As well as the major broadband networks such as BT Openreach and Virgin Media, you may also be able to get a basic broadband service from other suppliers who have coverage within your area.

If you are eligible for a subsidised installation you will be able to choose a service from any of the retail service providers that are part of the scheme. Each of them will offer a variety of packages based around the amount of data you need and the speed of the connection.

Participating satellite retail service providers are:

Please read our guide to getting a better broadband service in the useful documents section below, and if you think you are eligible, you can apply for a subsidy code (opens in a new window) which will allow you to get a subsidised installation.

If you are eligible, we will then email you a subsidy code and instructions on how to get a subsidised installation.

Please contact us if you would like any more information on this scheme.

Links to useful documents

The following document is in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can download software to view PDF documents for free from the Adobe website (opens in a new window)

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