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Scottish Broadband Voucher connects Renfrewshire resident to superfast speeds

Wednesday, 02 February 2022

Many people living in remote and rural parts of Scotland are now able to upgrade their broadband to superfast speeds, thanks to the Scottish Government’s national R100 Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme (SBVS).

To ensure everyone has access to better connectivity, this scheme offers all eligible households and businesses help towards the cost of an upgrade.

There are two types of subsidies available - £400 interim voucher and a £5,000 main voucher – and you can check your eligibility using our online address checker.

Over 60 suppliers are now registered to this scheme. You can see what is available in your local area and find out about your connection options for a new broadband installation. Dependant on availability, you may be able to choose from fixed wireless, mobile, satellite and full fibre technology solutions.

Keeping people connected during this pandemic is really important. By having access to an internet connection, this can make such a huge difference to everyday life, especially when moving home.

For Tony Blow in Renfrewshire, a new broadband connection has made the first couple of months of settling in, a whole lot easier.

Remote working and moving house during Covid 19

Tony said: “We moved house during lockdown. Unfortunately we had no broadband at our new home and instead relied on our mobile phones to keep connected. Luckily a R100 interim voucher helped us get a new 4G broadband connection and this has made such a difference to working remotely throughout Covid-19. Before, we would have had to commute into Glasgow daily, but now thanks to getting online easily we now can continue to work flexibly.  I would recommend applying for a Scottish Broadband Voucher - broadband access is essential to everyday life.”

For people interested in applying for an interim or main voucher, the R100 SBVS scheme is still open for applications.

Voucher application deadlines

  • Applications for interim vouchers will close on 31 March 2022.
  • Applications for main vouchers will continue to be accepted after March 2022.

More information on the R100 Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme is available on our website.