National Schemes

Subsidised broadband access in East Sussex

National Schemes

Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme

As part of the Government’s Rural Gigabit Connectivity programme, business and residents in some of the hardest-to-reach places in the UK are eligible for additional funding towards the cost of installing gigabit-capable broadband to their premises when part of a group project.

Rural premises, experiencing speeds below 100 Megabits per second (Mbps), will be eligible for between £500 and £3,500 per small and medium-sized businesses (SME) and between £500 and £1,500 per resident to support the cost of installing new gigabit-capable connections.

Apply for the Rural Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

For more information about the scheme, including details of how to apply, please visit the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport's Gigabit Broadband Voucher website:

East Sussex County Council Rural Gigabit Voucher Top-Up Scheme

The County Council is investing £0.5m to top up the vouchers available under the Government's Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme in order to provide additional funding for businesses and residents in rural areas of the County to access improved broadband connectivity.

The scheme delivers gigabit-capable infrastructure – that is, speeds of 1000Mbps or more.

Eligible businesses and residents in these harder to reach areas will be able to get an additional £1,000 subsidy from the County Council on top of the Government's committed funding available under the scheme of £3,500 for businesses and £1,500 for residents, bringing the total public subsidy to £4,500 and £2,500 respectively.

Businesses or residents who are eligible for rural gigabit vouchers can access the scheme through a registered supplier, who will apply on their behalf. There is no need to apply separately for the top-up funding. Eligible applicants will automatically receive funding for the East Sussex top-up at the same time as the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme funding, through a registered supplier.

To qualify, applicants must

  • be located in an area defined as rural by DEFRA
  • apply as part of a group scheme where two or more residents and/or SMEs get together to combine their vouchers towards the shared costs of installation. Single connections are not eligible for this scheme
  • not be able to get a broadband download speed of 100 Mbps or more from any provider and be outside the scope of any publicly funded upgrade plans such as the eSussex project

You can check whether you are likely to be eligible for a rural gigabit voucher and also which suppliers are active in your area by using the voucher scheme's postcode checker:

The good news is that all you need to do is register your interest now with your chosen supplier and they will check all the details and if you are eligible, they will start the process to get you connected.

Funding will be available on a first come first -served basis until the end of March 2021, when the scheme will close.

Whilst connections delivered under the gigabit voucher scheme must be ‘gigabit' capable, please be aware that businesses and homes receiving a voucher only need to take up a broadband service of at least 30 Mbps in order to claim their voucher.

We welcome interest from broadband suppliers considering investment in East Sussex. Contact us to discuss your plans.