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Possibility of Gigabit Broadband for Lostwithiel?

Wednesday 5th August 2020

Optical fiber cable


The government has introduced a pilot campaign for homes and businesses in three rural areas of the UK, called the Broadband Upgrade Fund, as part of the national Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme. The aim is to help capture public interest in faster, more reliable broadband in each of the pilot areas. This will encourage suppliers to extend their broadband networks to meet demand and the government will help to fund the cost of the work.


Rural premises in Cornwall, including residents of Lostwithiel, with broadband speeds of less than 100 megabits per second (Mbps), are eligible to participate in the scheme.


Funding is only available when used in group projects and groups can be a mix of residents and businesses; just residents or just businesses. Each resident can have funding worth up to £1,500 and each small and medium-sized business (SME) can have funding worth up to £3,500. The funding goes towards supporting the cost of installing brand new gigabit-capable connections.


In most cases, the funding provided will pay for the cost of installing the new broadband provided there are enough properties in a group project. It is important to encourage as many of our neighbours as possible to sign up and increase the potential size of a Lostwithiel fund.


To confirm you are eligible for the Broadband Upgrade Fund, simply enter your postcode on the home page of the Government website.


More details of the scheme available on this page.