Ashfield and Mansfield now included in the Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme

June 11, 2015 10:02 am

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The Nottinghamshire County Council broadband team have listened to the requests of the Ashfield and Mansfield business community and secured Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme. Full details below:

They are delighted to confirm that following receipt of Nottinghamshire County Council’s business case, DCMS has just approved the extension of the high speed broadband Connection Voucher Scheme to cover the whole of Nottinghamshire. You’ll recall that the scheme (which was launched in April) previously only covered the Greater Nottinghamshire area, so this extension is great news for the County! A quick overview of the scheme is presented below.

SMEs, Charities and Social Enterprises are invited to apply for a voucher worth between £100 and £3,000 towards the installation of a superfast (30Mbps +) internet connection for their business. Even if they already have broadband they may still be eligible for a free voucher to upgrade to Superfast Broadband.

Business eligibility:

1) Must have a registered office and trading address in Nottinghamshire (including the City)

2) Must be an SME (Small or Medium Enterprise), Charity or Social Enterprise

3) Must not have received more than approx. £120k in grants in the last three years

What are the benefits to Nottinghamshire businesses of upgrading their connection?

· Reduced capital expenditure on hardware and software by getting into cloud computing

· Improved information sharing and provision of a better customer experience

· Introduction of time and money saving applications and services, including IP voice, data storage, video streaming and HD videoconferencing

· Increasing the availability and reliability of vital communications

What type of connectivity is available through the scheme?

Firms involved in the scheme will work with businesses to ensure that they are offered the most suitable solution for their business. Among the services that can be provided as part of the scheme are:

  • Fibre To The Premises (FTTP);
  • Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC);
  • Fibre on demand (FTTPoD);
  • Ethernet First Mile (EFM);
  • Leased Line; Ethernet; GEA

What do Nottinghamshire businesses need to do next? Spread the word amongst other businesses. If there’s a number of business units in one location, they can aggregate their vouchers to create a much bigger pot of funding: The vouchers are on a first come, first served basis, so please don’t delay. Visit the following website for more information and to check eligibility:

Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme

 

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