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Businesses and residents with broadband connections of less than 2Mbps can apply for a subsidy towards the cost of a broadband installation.

If you are not in our plans to get a fibre broadband service, and you currently receive less than 2Mbps, then the Better Broadband Scheme might be an option for you.

What does the scheme do?

This scheme can offer support towards the cost of the equipment and installation of a broadband connection. If you are eligible you will be issued with a code you can redeem with one of the suppliers listed below, which is worth £300 - £350 towards the initial cost.

What is satellite broadband?

Any property that can see the southern sky can get a satellite broadband connection. This will require a dish on or near your property and can deliver speeds up to approximately 20Mbps. Weather conditions should not affect your service.

The cost for a satellite connection varies depending on your choice, much like a mobile phone contract, but a basic package could cost approximately £25 per month. This scheme will help subsidise the one-off installation fee.

Satellite connections are not suitable for time critical activity such as online gaming, but are fine for most internet use. Also, most satellite providers will allow you to swap over to fibre broadband if it becomes available with no cancellation charge.

What is wireless broadband?

Wireless is similar to satellite as your broadband does not come down your phone line, but through the air. This means you could save money by cancelling your existing land line telephone contract if you wish.  Wireless broadband can offer faster speeds and better data packages than satellite broadband. It is not currently available across the whole of Wiltshire; you will need to check with the supplier if they can offer you a service.

 

What is fibre broadband?

Fibre-optic broadband refers to a type of super-fast broadband and takes its name from the type of cables that are used to transmit data.

 

There are several different ways fibre-optic broadband reaches your home. Depending upon what connection type you have, the speed of your fibre broadband connection can vary.  There are two main types of fibre available are:

 

FTTC (fibre to the cabinet) — Fibre-optic cables run all the way to the cabinet in the street, which can be up to 300m away. This is the most common connection.

FTTP (fibre to the premises) — Fibre-optic cables run all the way to the outside of your house.

 

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for the scheme:

  • you must get a broadband service of less than 2Mbps
  • you cannot be in our current plans to get fibre broadband OR benefit within the next year. We will check this for you when you make an application
  • you must own the property you are applying for. If not, you will need to speak to your landlord

Note: as well as the major broadband networks such as BT Openreach and Virgin Media, you may also be able to get a broadband service over 2Mbps from other suppliers who have coverage within the area.  You can check who these suppliers are and find out if they cover your area on our Broadband Technologies page.

 

Which providers are participating?

The below suppliers are participating in the Better Broadband scheme in Wiltshire.  You will need to contact them to discuss opportunities in your area.

 

Wireless Providers:

Gigabeam - http://www.gigabeam.co.uk/

Green Grass Broadband -  http://greengrassbroadband.com/

Wessex Internet - https://www.wessexinternet.com/

 

Satellite Providers:

Avonline - www.avonlinebroadband.com/

B4B Telecoms - http://www.b4btelecoms.com/

Bentley Walker - http://toowayinfo.bentleywalker.com/bduk/

Broadband Wherever - www.broadbandwherever.net/home

Corsat - www.corsat.co.uk/bduk/

Digiweb - www.digiweb.com/satellite/

Europasat - www.europasat.com/

ibub Communications - http://www.ibub.co.uk/satellitescheme/

Not Spot Broadband - http://notspotbroadband.com/grant-schemes/

Prime Satellite Broadband - http://www.primesatellitebroadband.com/

Primetech - http://www.primetech.co.uk/

Rural Broadband - www.ruralbroadband.co.uk/

Satellite Internet - www.satelliteinternet.co.uk/

SOC Communications - http://www.soccom.co.uk

 

Community Schemes:

BT Community Partnership - http://www.communityfibre.bt.com/

For guidance on aggregating Better Broadband codes to support community schemes please click here.

  

How do I apply?

You will need to read the guide to the Scheme:

DOWNLOAD THE SCHEME GUIDE HERE

Once you have read the guide, if you think you are eligible you can apply for a subsidy code which will enable you to gain access to a subsidised installation.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

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

 

I am a supplier but not on your approved list, how can I get involved?

Wiltshire Council is seeking to extend the Better Broadband Scheme to include additional technologies and suppliers.  If you are a supplier and would like to discuss this opportunity, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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