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Competition for £3,000 broadband grants for business increasing
Monday 13 April 2015 14:31:55 by Andrew Ferguson

The SuperConnected Cities scheme got a major boost when the recent Budget increased the number of cities covered to 50 and for some areas it is not just the traditional city footprint but small and medium businesses in the surrounding area that can benefit.

Origin Broadband is the latest of several providers to launch specific offers tailored at the SME sector that lie within easy reach of the £3,000 vouchers. Origin Broadband specialise in covering the South Yorkshire area, and for businesses there are two main options:

  • Up to 76 Mbps download, up to 19 Mbps upload FTTC broadband, with the install and connection fully funded for a 12 month period. Fibre service costs £30 per month thereafter, only available in areas with Openreach FTTC network.
  • Symmetric leased line with guaranteed 30 Mbps download and upload speeds, with a 4 hour SLA and uncontended bandwidth for £160 per month. The grant covers the leased line install costs.

Which is best for your business will vary based on what you need the Internet connection for, and in theory this is where a provider should earn their money, by not simply selling you their no matter what, but evaluating what you might be doing with the connecting and what the consequences would be of any down time for you and advising accordingly.

The Government run www.connectionvouchers.co.uk/cities website lists the areas and the full details of which sorts of business is eligible.

Comments

Posted by herdwick about 1 year ago
Apparently Northamptonshire is a city, administered by Coventry City Council, and the unitary authority of Peterborough is another. So plenty of villages and market towns are eligible for these too.
Posted by NetGuy about 1 year ago
Very good news. This change has tripled the likely number of businesses eligible in my area (outside Liverpool City Council's area) because it has been widened to include other Merseyside councils, too.
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