Our commitment to provide 100% superfast broadband access will be delivered through three strands of deployment activity – the Reaching 100% (R100) contracts, connections delivered by commercial suppliers, and the Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme (SBVS).
The SBVS will ensure that every address in Scotland has the ability to access a superfast broadband connection by the end of 2021, regardless of whether or not it will ultimately receive a superfast connection through the other two strands of activity.
Types of voucher
The SBVS will provide two distinct levels of subsidy:
- A voucher worth up to £5,000 to help deliver a permanent broadband connection to those properties for which there is no roll-out of superfast broadband planned.
- A voucher worth up to £400 to help deliver an interim connection to those properties for which there is roll-out of superfast broadband planned, but not until after the end of 2021. Properties in more difficult-to-reach locations may be eligible for an additional subsidy of £250.
In some cases, rural addresses may be eligible to combine Scottish Government funding of up to £5,000 with funding from the UK Government’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS) which provides £1,500 for rural homes and £3,500 for rural businesses. If this is the case, chosen suppliers take this into account automatically and manage this on your behalf.
How to check eligibility
We have provided an online checker that will allow any property owner and/or tenant to enter their details and confirm:
a) whether or not they already have the ability to order a superfast service;
b) whether or not they will receive a connection through the R100 contracts and, if so, when;
c) whether or not they will receive a connection from a commercial supplier and, if so, when (where possible); or
d) whether or not they are eligible for a voucher through the SBVS and, if so, which voucher they will be eligible for.
How to apply
Find out if you may be eligible for a voucher by entering your details into the online checker. If the checker indicates that you are eligible for a superfast voucher through the SBVS, please continue your enquiry with any registered suppliers listed here, as the supplier will request the voucher on your behalf. This list will grow as new suppliers register to take part in the scheme. Once you have engaged a supplier, they will double check your eligibility, request the voucher and start working on delivering your superfast connection.
Still got questions? Here are some handy Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).