Getting a Basic Broadband Service – Are you eligible to apply for a new Government Scheme?

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The Government has committed to giving access to download speeds of at least 2Mbps to every premise in the UK from the end of 2015.

As part of this commitment, Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) is making a scheme available providing the option of a subsidised basic broadband installation for eligible premises. The scheme has been designed to support those Surrey residents and businesses that are currently unable to access a broadband download speed of at least 2Mbps and who will not be benefitting from any currently planned superfast broadband roll out.

This scheme, which is being funded and managed directly by BDUK, provides support towards the cost of equipment and installation of a basic broadband connection. This means that a service providing a basic broadband connection can be purchased for a first year cost of no more than £400 (taking account of any up front costs and the 12 month service charges).

Those eligible for a subsidised installation will be able to choose a service from any of the retail service providers that are part of the BDUK scheme, each of which will be offering a variety of packages based around the amount of data required and the speed of the connection.

The subsidised installation can also be used to access higher cost packages with higher speeds or greater monthly data caps.

Surrey residents and businesses will only be eligible if their premises do not have access to download speeds of 2Mbps or more.

You can check what your current broadband speed is by using the ADSL availability checker.

To find out more please click on the link below where you will find a detailed guide with further information including helpful questions and answers about the BDUK scheme.

BDUK Basic Broadband Supplementary Scheme Guidance

Once you have read the guide, if you think you are eligible, click on the link below to apply.

Click here to apply

If you are eligible, BDUK will send you an email with a subsidy code and instructions on how to get a subsidised installation.