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Broadband voucher scheme ‘open for business’ in Coventry

Tuesday, May 27th 2014 by Hannah Langston

A £150m government scheme to boost broadband speeds in 22 cities is now ‘open for business’ in Coventry.

The Super Connected Cities initiative, launched by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in 2012, aims to provide local small and medium businesses and charities with vouchers of between £200 to £3,000.

The vouchers, delivered by local councils, can be used to pay for an improved broadband connection. Businesses can choose from a range of internet suppliers signed up to the scheme.

Coventry City Council has been given £2.4m of government funding for the project.

John Norton (above), Head of Super Connected Coventry, told delegates at a Meet the Suppliers event at Coventry Guildhall that the project was “open for business”.

"Coventry along with 22 other connected cities now has the opportunity to show world class digital connectivity,” he said.

The vouchers only cover the cost of installation of a broadband service that represents a ‘step change’ in speeds from the company’s existing connection.

Kate Rennicks, speaking on behalf of the Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA), said over 200 technology companies cover the Coventry area: “Funding can allow these suppliers to be more creative in how they deliver broadband and we’re now seeing a range of technologies including, Wi-Fi, microwave and multi-tenant solutions.”

DCMS says the scheme has received hundreds of applications so far.

Local businesses in each of the connected cities have until 31 March 2015 to apply for a voucher.

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