The Welsh Government has confirmed the final deadline for applications to its Broadband Support Scheme is 30 September 2013.
The scheme is designed to reduce the number of rural areas of the country without broadband internet. It enables individuals and communities in Wales' remaining broadband 'not-spots' to approach service providers directly, with support of Government funding.
Support is available for up to a maximum of £1,000 for individual premises, covering up to 100% of costs.
The scheme is technology neutral and the Welsh Government does not favour any particular type of technology; however, examples of the types of broadband solutions that could be supported include:
- a broadband satellite connection installed for the home or business;
- a community purchasing a 'larger scale' satellite connection which is distributed around the village by a small wireless network;
- a wireless network being delivered by a service provider across a community; and
- a community purchasing a next generation broadband service such as Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC).
Individuals, communities, small to medium-sized businesses and third sector organisations in Wales may apply.