Our Voucher Requests have been submitted
- Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 June 2021 10:38
- Published: Wednesday, 23 June 2021 10:31
Yesterday, our list of DCMS Gigabit Voucher Requests was forwarded to Openreach. There were 197 voucher requests in total, including 22 SMEs. The computed value of the vouchers is £339,500.
This represents a shortfall on the £387,330 for the full cost of the scheme. However, now that Hampshire County Council are likely to make available another £1M in top-up grants, I believe that we should be able to secure the funding with HCC help.The council meeting to formally agree the availability of the top-up funds is on 13th July.
Openreach should now forward the vouchers to the DCMS and to Broadband Digital UK (BDUK) - part of the DCMS. BDUK will then verify each voucher. They may write to each resident requesting confirmation. Once the vouchers have been validated, a decision is made on the HCC top-up and hopefully then our scheme will then be approved, and we can get a date for the upgrade.
Openreach have advised that it will take BDUK six weeks to validate and approve the scheme.