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Don’t miss out on 'Better Broadband' – Government funding maybe available to you

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East Riding residents frustrated by slow broadband speeds now have more options available to them thanks to the Better Broadband Scheme.

Residents and businesses across the area, who are struggling with speeds of under 2Mbps download, could be eligible for Government funding to install alternative broadband technology.

The subsidy scheme can be used with a number of local firms offering satellite or fixed-wireless packages. These alternative technologies guarantee minimum 2Mbps download speeds even in some of the most remote locations.

The Broadband East Riding programme, administered locally by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, is part of Broadband Delivery UK, the national roll out to bring superfast broadband to 95 per cent of the UK by 2017. To date, the programme has enabled more than 42,000 residents to access superfast broadband speeds of more than 24Mbps.

Another 4,500 premises will gain access to superfast broadband by December 2017 as part of Phase 2 of the programme.

Better Broadband was launched to guarantee basic broadband speeds for all and ensures nobody pays more than £400 to access an alternative broadband technology of their choice for 12 months.

Councillor Jonathan Owen, deputy leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Having access to reliable broadband is vitally important to modern life and business.

“The Better Broadband scheme offers an important funding opportunity for eligible premises in remote locations to apply for and the council would encourage residents and businesses to go to www.broadband.eastriding.gov.uk/better and find out more.”

The online application form is available at www.broadband.eastriding.gov.uk/better and takes less than two minutes to complete. Once submitted, those eligible will receive a unique code via email along with a list of local suppliers registered under the scheme. The code must be used to place an order within 60 days from the date of issue and requires a minimum 12 month contract with the chosen provider.

The scheme is funded through Central Government, and there are a limited number of codes available, nationally. It is recommended for East Riding residents and businesses to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Local broadband firms that would like to be listed on the voucher scheme should apply to better.broadband@culture.gov.uk

East Riding of Yorkshire Council offers free public Wi-Fi and computer access at all of its libraries. For any help with applying for the Better Broadband voucher and to see the full eligibility criteria, visit www.broadband.eastriding.gov.uk/better

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