Leeds to benefit from £2m broadband ‘trial’ to boost connection speeds

PILOT: The new scheme is offering broadband grants.
PILOT: The new scheme is offering broadband grants.
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Leeds is among just four places in the UK chosen to benefit from a trial of ‘super-fast’ internet speeds.

The Government’s £2m Gigabit trial is offering businesses in West Yorkshire and York grants of up to £3,000 to get the broadband installed under the pilot scheme.

The grants will be offered as vouchers by suppliers, worth between £500 and £3,000 each, which local businesses can then use to pay for the installation of gigabit speed connections. It is hoped that the trial will encourage the market to extend full fibre infrastructure in the UK by increasing demand and reducing the cost to customers, according to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The full fibre gigabit connection allows businesses to upload and download large files quickly and improve the reliability of internet.

Businesses in Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Wakefield and York will be able to apply for grants.

For more information about the trial, or how to apply for business broadband grants, visit www.gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk