Murdo encourages residents to take up Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

Scottish Conservative politician Murdo Fraser is encouraging residents living in Perth and Kinross to take up a UK Government scheme which helps pay for broadband coverage.

Mr Fraser, a representative for the Mid Scotland and Fife region, has highlighted the national Gigabit Voucher Scheme (GBVS), which has already been successfully used by residents in Highland Perthshire.

The GBVS provides vouchers worth £2,500 per small business property and £500 per residence – as long as a business is involved in the scheme.

In addition, sole traders qualify for the business voucher, which means that holiday lets and small businesses in the area qualify for the GBVS grants.

This has led to a group of local residents in Fortingall obtaining broadband with a speed of 100Mbps for a year at no net cost to themselves.

Mr Fraser welcomed this scheme and is urging residents in Perth and Kinross who are currently having to endure poor broadband service to consider the benefits of GBVS.

“I am aware of the GBVS scheme and would encourage residents to look into it,” he said.

“With poor broadband speeds continuing to be a problem for many people in rural Perthshire, this is a welcome initiative which has already demonstrated its value.

“It is a UK Government funded scheme and it is worth people exploring this option as many of them will be eligible to qualify.”

The GBVS scheme is funded by a pot of £67 million and is geared to help residents pay the costs of connecting them to ‘full fibre’ broadband. To qualify, residents have to form a local community group, which must also include small businesses.

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