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Our Voucher Requests have been submitted

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.