What is it?
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport have £200 million to spend testing ways to accelerate delivery of full-fibre. One of the chosen methods is to use connection vouchers.
What period does the pilot scheme run for?
The scheme runs to the end of 31st March 2019 or until the money runs out. The scheme may be suspended at any time.
How much is each voucher worth?
A minimum of £500 and maximum of £3000. Carriers must demonstrate that no more is claimed than the true installation cost.
How long are vouchers valid for?
12 months from the date the contract is entered into. Sales orders will include this wording:
“Do not sign this contract until you have an authorised voucher. Please note if the service cannot be installed within 12 months of date of contract for any reason, a Connection Voucher will not fund this install. In the event your voucher is revoked on the grounds you have provided misleading information to DCMS, you will be liable to reimburse us the value of the voucher. ”
What happens to issued vouchers when the money runs out?
DCMS account for the value committed when the voucher is issued, not paid, so there should not be anyone disappointed at the end of the scheme.
What area does the scheme cover?
The entire administrative areas of:
- Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.
- Bristol and Bath and North East Somerset.
- Coventry and Warwickshire – all districts.
West Yorkshire Combined authorities – Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield and York.