Better Broadband scheme to tackle the slowest download speeds

Thursday, October 27, 2016

People in West Sussex who experience the slowest download speeds are now able to get help towards improving their current service. The Better Broadband scheme is aimed at those homes and premises where speeds do not get above 2mbps and which are not included in the delivery plans of commercial providers or the publicly funded roll out of broadband infrastructure in West Sussex.

Eligible homes and businesses that apply to the Better Broadband scheme will be provided with a code to present to one of a selected number of retail service providers to obtain a subsidised satellite or wireless broadband installation. David Barling, Cabinet Member for Residents Services said: “This is a way of helping those who are struggling with the slowest broadband speeds in the county. We know we can’t get fibre broadband out to everybody but we are keen not to see people left behind. “Applying to this scheme and getting some financial help towards buying a wireless or satellite broadband service could be a real boost for those who are still waiting to get out of the digital ‘slow lane’.” It’s a simple process to apply for a code and place an order with one of the selected retail service providers, for which you must enter into a contract for satellite or wireless broadband services provision for a minimum period of 12 months.

The code will cover most of the cost of installation and commissioning of your satellite or wireless broadband service. You will be responsible for paying any remaining cost of installation and commissioning (if any), for choosing the features of the broadband service you require, and for paying the monthly subscription for the service you have selected, and for paying any VAT on the amounts payable.

The code does not have a specific fixed value, but when used to obtain a satellite or wireless broadband service from one of the selected retail service providers, the use of the code will reduce the total cost (i.e. installation and commissioning costs). The code has no other value, and cannot be redeemed in any other way than through the scheme.

The national scheme will be available for applications until the end of 2017. You can apply to benefit from the scheme by completing a simple online application form here.

West Sussex wireless broadband supplier Blaze Wireless is registered on the scheme. Henry Brown, managing director of Blaze Wireless said: “We are delighted to have been approved as a recommended supplier under the BDUK Better Broadband Scheme so we can offer eligible customers a £250 discount on new installations. “If you currently experience download broadband speeds of less than 2Mbps, this scheme will help to provide you with access to an alternative broadband service that will offer download speeds of at least 2Mbps and, thanks to the symmetrical nature of wireless broadband, the same upload speeds via a subsidised broadband installation from Blaze Wireless.”

Blaze Wireless is also now expanding its service in West Sussex to include the Arun Valley. For some people this is their first real opportunity to improve their current broadband service. Henry said: “We are now in the final stages of extending our wireless broadband network to provide fast speeds and connection to the internet for customers in the Arun Valley. “To get a head start we are now accepting orders from customers wishing to be first to use the new network.

Placing your order means we can allocate your connection in our schedule of installations. You will not be charged connection or service fees until a firm date for your installation has been confirmed.”

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