Gigabit Voucher Scheme Flops, as Government Pledges a Strategic Review — and We Chase Our Tails

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Uptake of a government voucher scheme designed to turbo-charge deployment of gigabit-capable broadband has been desperately poor — and the problem is so pronounced that ministers are launching a strategic review to understand the failure.

The scheme offers “rural* premises” government vouchers worth £1,500 per home and £3,500 per SME** to support the cost of gigabit-level fibre installation.

But for a population of over 66 million, just 44,792 vouchers have been issued — with only 29,142 of these resulting in a live gigabit connection. (Presumably the gap is down to ongoing builds and/or voucher issuances that

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