Government adds Wireless to BDUK Security Voucher Scheme

The government has extended the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) scheme to cover wireless systems in a number of locations.

The announcement comes after digital economy minister Ed Vaizey was forced to reveal that just £8,400 out of the scheme's funding pot of £60m had been spent so far.

Based on a maximum value of £350 per installation this suggests that only 24 vouchers had been issued, although the correct figure is likely to be higher.

A statement said: "This is part of the government's commitment to give access to 2Mbps download speeds to all premises in the UK."

"Local authorities in conjunction with BDUK are making available the option of a subsidised basic broadband installation for eligible premises in Lincolnshire, which is notorious for its poor internet connections due to the vast rural area.

"With Quickline's wireless service, this voucher will make the installation completely free for residential properties in parts of Lincolnshire, in particular West Lindsey."

The consumer voucher scheme was launched in December last year as part of a drive to provide an immediate boost to broadband speeds ahead of the wider BDUK scheme for those receiving the slowest service in the remotest parts of the UK.

The slow take-up is similar to that of the recent small to medium-sized enterprise Connection Voucher Scheme, which struggled to gain much traction when it was first launched.

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