Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme: R100
What is the R100 Voucher Scheme?
The Scottish Government has committed to providing superfast broadband access – speeds of at least 30Mbps – to every home and business in Scotland. Unique in the UK, the Reaching 100% (R100) programme builds on the success of the DSSB programme and will ensure universal superfast broadband access. The 100% target will be met as a result of three strands of activity – the R100 contracts, connections delivered by commercial suppliers, and the R100 Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme (SBVS).
The R100 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 R100 SBVS will provide two distinct levels of subsidy:
- A ‘one off’ 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 ‘one off’ 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.
Campbell & Kennedy are the official audit partners for the R100 SBVS and may be in touch with recipients of voucher funding to collect information on their new connection. This allows monitoring the performance of registered SBVS suppliers and that beneficiaries are satisfied with the end result.
For more information please visit: https://www.gov.scot/news/delivering-r100/