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Complementary Schemes

The Superfast Worcestershire Partnership is working to bring superfast broadband connectivity to more than 96% of homes and businesses in Worcestershire by the end of 2019. Whilst great progress has already been made and superfast speeds are available to over 94% of Worcestershire premises, areas without access to superfast speeds still remain.

For those in the remaining 4%, Worcestershire County Council has launched a number of schemes aimed at supporting our communities and businesses.

Better Broadband Scheme     Local Body Partnership & CFP     ERDF Business Vouchers     5G Testbed & Trials     Other Projects

Summary of the schemes:


Better Broadband Scheme

The Government is committed to providing every home and business in the UK with access to a basic broadband service so that browsing the web and keeping in touch with families and friends is easier.

A subsidised broadband installation is now available if you cannot access an affordable broadband service with a speed of at least 2Mb per second.

You can check whether superfast broadband is available to you using the GoSuperfast checker and what your current broadband speed is using the ADSL availability checker.

If, after making these checks, you believe your speed is less than 2Mb per second and you have no other options available enter your postcode below to find out how to apply for help.

Taking out a broadband service under this scheme will not prevent your premises from being considered for superfast broadband in the future.

Read the guide to the Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme here.

The following link is directed at communities wishing to aggregate their Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme codes to bring a fibre option to the community, please click here to access a document that will help inform you of what to do, and answer any questions or concerns you may have: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1XWPo-YE5NzWmN3LVYzb2V0Znc/view.

To apply for this scheme please complete the below form.

The participating alternative service providers (Fibre, 4G or Satellite) are:


Local Body Partnership (LBP) Fund & CFP

Worcestershire County Council has launched the Local Body Partnership Scheme (LBP) to support communities who wish to support themselves in obtaining superfast broadband service by contributing to a traditional 'Community Fibre Partnership' (CFP) scheme.

The CFP scheme is BT's initiative set up to work with a local group of residents or businesses, to find a solution to bring superfast fibre broadband to their area, especially when they are not included in any existing deployment plans. This usually needs to be jointly funded, where BT covers the costs in line with its commercial model and the community provides the remaining gap funding. The network is then built by Openreach, allowing people to choose their preferred service provider. More information is available here.

Worcestershire County Council have set aside an initial £500,000 fund to further support our local communities and co-invest with them to help secure an improved service in their areas. This fund will be allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis. Details of the scheme and eligibility criteria can be found here.

Benefits of utilising the Superfast Worcestershire LBP Support Fund

  • Reduces the community contribution 
    • For quotes totalling under £400 per premises, WCC will contribute the first £200; each eligible property will then be required to contribute the remaining amount 
    • For quotes between £400 and £1,700 per premises, each eligible property will be required to contribute the first £200; WCC will then contribute the remaining amount up to £1,500 per premises
    • For quotes exceeding £1,700 per premises, each eligible property will be required to contribute the first £200 plus 50% of the total amount above £1,700 per eligible premises. WCC will contribute £1,500 plus the remaining 50% above £1,700 per property (caps apply)
  • No need to set up a separate legal entity to contract with BT
  • Maintenance of the new infrastructure will be the responsibility of Openreach, BT's local network business
  • Project management undertaken by Superfast Worcestershire and BT, therefore it will not be charged against the community.
  • No upfront survey fees
  • Deployment expected within 12 months of scheme commencing (from contract signature)

Step by step process & timeline

  • Community to register obtain a formal CFP quote from Openreach (6 - 8 weeks)
  • Community to complete the EOI form for LBP & attach the CFP Quote. Please only complete the EOI form once you have obtained a quote from Openreach.
  • WCC review and approve the request confirming the payment details. Community funding required at this stage (2 - 4 weeks)
  • WCC requests a formal modeling from Openreach to incorporate the deployment into the existing contract (6 - 8 weeks)
  • Final Checks and contract (2 weeks)
  • Planning and deployment (12 months)

ERDF Business Vouchers (WEBB Vouchers)

For those businesses in the remaining 4%, Worcestershire County Council (WCC) has launched the Worcestershire European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Business Broadband Voucher Scheme, (WEBB Voucher Scheme), to support local SMEs in obtaining superfast or ultrafast broadband service by contributing to a match funded business voucher scheme. 

Having access to faster and more reliable broadband will allow Worcestershire's SMEs to transform their businesses and support the growth of the local economy.  

Worcestershire County Council has set aside £73,500, as a result of a successful application for funding to ERDF to support local businesses and co-invest with them to help secure an improved service to their premises. This fund will be allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis. Details of the scheme and eligibility criteria can be found here.

The WEBB Voucher Scheme will provide a maximum of £1,500 voucher (excluding VAT) to help eligible SMEs, charities and voluntary organisations get improved broadband connections.

Step by step process

WEBB Voucher Scheme Timeline

  • The WEBB voucher scheme expires on 30 June 2019
  • Deadline for applications: 31 December 2018

Working Examples

Supplier Solution Cost

WEBB Voucher from WCC

Business contribution

% Match

less than £2,000   (ineligible)

£0

<£2,000

0%

£2,000

£1,000

£1,000

50%

£3,000

£1,500 (max)

£1,500

50%

£5,000

£1,500 (max)

£3,500

30% 


5G Testbed trials

The Worcestershire 5G Consortium has submitted an application into the UK's 5G Testbed & Trails programme. The partners will be contributing financially and the scheme will be supported by funding from Central Government. If successful, the £8m, 12 month project will seek to build and operate a 5G Testbed at sites in both Worcester and Malvern; the trials will focus on 'Advanced Manufacturing' and 'Security by Design' amongst other areas and will fully test the boundaries of the emerging networks capabilities. If successful the 12 month project will seek to build and operate a 5G Testbed at sites in both Worcester and Malvern; the trials will focus on sectors including 'Advanced Manufacturing' and 'Security by Design'. The ambitious project will seek to add partners, extend over a wider area and extend the lifespan into a second phase of funded development and ultimately aim to operate commercially in the future.


Future funding & Community Pathfinder Project with Airband

  • Future Funding: Worcestershire County Council is constantly exploring opportunities to provide access to improved broadband in all parts of Worcestershire. Current investigations include opportunities through Defra & Local Full Fibre Networks at DCMS. Please register to be kept up to date. Alternatively, How to obtain a better service when superfast broadband isn't available to you guide is also available describing currently available solutions.
  • Community Pathfinder Project with Airband: Alongside the Superfast Worcestershire Partnership with BT, Worcestershire County Council identified additional funding for Pathfinder Community Projects in 2012/13. As a result, three communities were successful in their bids for funding from the County Council to provide access to faster Broadband in their areas. Click here for more details.
  • 'Supporting Commercial operators in Worcestershire'– Worcestershire County Council continue to work with commercial operators to ensure Worcestershire is an appealing place to invest and operate.
  • Working with mobile operators – Worcestershire County Council recognise the importance of mobile phone connectivity in and around the county, recognising that existing 2G, 3G and 4G services can be improved across the county; whether that be improving coverage or optimising the network when it is available. The County Council and Worcestershire LEP have worked with supplier AWTG to undertake a series of drive and static trials in the spring of 2017. Having understood the outcome of these trials we have engaged with the four major mobile network operators EE, 02, Three and Vodafone; working with them to understand and overcome challenges locally. These conversations have already delivered positive responses in the county, with optimisation taking place and new sites being investigated. All four operators continue positive engagement with us and we welcome their ongoing support.

If you have any queries, in the first instance please review our FAQ section. If you are unable to find information you need please contact us at superfast@worcestershire.gov.uk.