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Full List of Approved UK ISPs for the 2Mbps Better Broadband Subsidy

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 (7:40 am) - Score 3,218

Better late than never. The Department for Culture, Media & Sport has published a useful list of ISP suppliers for their rural focused Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme, which offers a subsidy worth around £350 to properties that struggle to receive a minimum download speed of 2Mbps.

The original idea of this subsidy was to assist around 300,000 premises by helping to cover the setup cost of an inferior Satellite connection (here), but this didn’t prove particularly popular and so it’s since been expanded to include a wide range of fixed wireless, 4G Mobile and even some fixed line FTTC/P providers (e.g. BT Community Fibre Partnerships, B4RN etc.).

Until now we haven’t had access to a full list of the available suppliers but thankfully this information has now been provided and it even includes a rough indication of regional focus. However the column title of “Coverage” may be a touch misleading because it only lists by region / county and yet many of the networks may actually only reach specific patches inside those locations.

We already list most of the alternative network providers in this table, although there are a few names that we haven’t seen before and some of the listed ISPs don’t appear to offer much or any information on their packages. A few of the less familiar names also seem to have unfinished websites, which is possibly due to being recent entrants.

Otherwise this is a useful table for people who want to know which ISPs can make use of the subsidy in their area.

Supplier Technology Coverage
6G Internet Fixed Wireless Lancashire, West Yorkshire, Cheshire, Manchester, Merseyside
AB Internet Fixed Wireless Lincolnshire, East Riding, North Lincolnshire,Nottinghamshire, Scotland
AirBroadband Fixed Wireless Norfolk and Suffolk
Airfast Fixed Wireless Kent
Airfibre (Fixed Wireless) Fixed Wireless Northern Ireland
Alncom Fixed Wireless Northumberland
APC Solutions Fixed Wireless Leicestershire
ASG Group Fixed Wireless East Midlands
Avonline broadband Satellite England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
B4B Telecoms Fixed Wireless / 4G Northern Ireland
B4RN FTTH North Lancs, South Cumbria, North Yorkshire
Badenoch Broadband Fixed Wireless Highlands of Scotland
Freedomsat Satellite England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Big Blue Rocket Fixed Wireless Derbyshire, Nottingham
Blaze Wireless Fixed Wireless East / West Sussex
BlueBox Fixed Wireless Northern Ireland
Boundless Fixed Wireless Lancashire, North & West Yorkshire
Briskona Fixed Wireless Scotland
Broadband Wherever Satellite England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Broadway Partners Fixed Wireless Scotland
BT Community Partnerships FTTH England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Bush Broadband Fixed Wireless Devon, Somerset
Call Flow Fixed Wireless Hampshire, Kent, Dorset
Call27 FTTC Newcastle, Northumberland, Durham
Clannet Fixed Wireless North Yorkshire
CloudNet Solutions Fixed Wireless Orkney, Highlands and Islands
Corsat Satellite England
Countryside Broadband Fixed Wireless Oxfordshire
County Broadband Fixed Wireless Essex, Suffolk
Cromarty Firth Fixed Wireless Scotland
Daneco Fixed Wireless Northumberland
Derbyshire Broadband Fixed Wireless Derbyshire
Digital Unity Fixed Wireless England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Digiweb Satellite England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Edge Networks Fixed Wireless Gloucestershire
Ereplica 4G Dorset and Hampshire
Europasat Satellite England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Exstream Networks Fixed Wireless Cheshire
Fibre Options Fixed Wireless Hertfordshire
Fibre WiFi Fixed Wireless Essex, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire
FibreCast Fixed Wireless Scotland
FramBroadband Fixed Wireless Suffolk
Gigabeam Fixed Wireless Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, East & West Sussex and Kent
GreenGrass Broadband Fixed Wireless Wiltshire
Herefordshire Community Network FTTH Herefordshire
Highland Community Broadband Fixed Wireless Highlands of Scotland
Husky Networks Fixed Wireless Northern Ireland
Ibub Satellite England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
IDNET Fixed Wireless Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire
Internet Central Fixed Wireless Staffordshire
InTouch Systems Fixed Wireless Norfolk, Suffolk
ITS Technologies Fixed Wireless Cheshire
JHCS Broadband Fixed Wireless Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire
Juice Broadband Fixed Wireless Dorset
Kaldien Networks Fixed Wireless Cheltenham & Gloucester
KAT Communications 4G South Yorkshire
Kencomp Fixed Wireless Cumbria
Lincolnshire Satellite Broadband Satellite England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
LonsdaleNET Fixed Wireless Cumbria
Lothian Broadband Fixed Wireless South Scotland
Marykirk Community Broadband Fixed Wireless Dundee and Aberdeenshire
Millenium Telecoms Fixed Wireless Leicestershire
Morion Broadband Fixed Wireless North East Dorset, South West Wiltshire, North West Hampshire
NextGenAccess Fixed Wireless Nottinghamshire
NotSpot Broadband Satellite / 4G England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Pine Media Fixed Wireless South Yorkshire, Derbyshire, East Riding, Hampshire, Kent, Nottinghamshire, Surrey, Sheffield
Prime Satellite Broadband Satellite England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Primetech Satellite England
Quickline Fixed Wireless Lincolnshire, East Riding, North Lincolnshire, Northumberland, Cumbria, South Yorkshire
RADE Fixed Wireless Suffolk
Rural Broadband Satellite / 4G England
SAS UK Satellite England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Satellite Internet Satellite England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Save9 Networks Fixed Wireless North Yorkshire
ScotNet Fixed Wireless Scotland
Server House Fixed Wireless Hampshire
Sky Way Satellite Hereford, Gloucs, Worcs, Shropshire and West Midlands
SOC Communications Satellite England
Solway Communications Fixed Wireless North Cumbria
Sonning IT Services Fixed Wireless Wyre, Lancashire
South West Internet Fixed Wireless Dorset
South West Mobile Broadband 4G Dorset, Cornwall (and Devon and Somerset)
SugarNet Fixed Wireless Warwickshire
Superhero Broadband Fixed Wireless Suffolk
SWS Fixed Wireless Shropshire, Telford
Symmetris Fixed Wireless Norfolk
TxRx Communications Fixed Wireless Hampshire
UltraNetworks Fixed Wireless Scotland
Unify Networks Fixed Wireless Preston, Lancashire
Userve Fixed Wireless Shropshire, Telford
Vfast Fixed Wireless Kent
Village Networks Fixed Wireless Bucks and Herts
Vispa Fixed Wireless Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside
Voip Unlimited Fixed Wireless Dorset, West/East Sussex
Voneus Fixed Wireless Devon, Somerset, Gloucestershire
W3Z Fixed Wireless East Midlands
Wessex Internet Fixed Wireless Dorset, West Sussex, Wiltshire, Hampshire
Wifi Bill Fixed Wireless Wiltshire
Wiltshire Broadband Fixed Wireless North Wiltshire
WiSpire Fixed Wireless / Satellite Norfolk

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3 Responses
  1. Avatar Tom says:

    Interesting – No Kijoma yet Blaze made the list.

  2. Avatar NGA for all says:

    Now which of these would claim not to do 24Mbps or 30Mbps?

    Is this a pre-qualification list for the USO for the areas they serve?

    Is there some understanding they all invest (apart from satellite) to extend fibre or not get in the way of extending the existing efforts to do so?

    The length of the list is astonishing.

    1. Why just push for fibre? we are rolling out 400Mbps connections just using Fixed wireless technologies, and these are in rural locations, forget the USO move into Derbyshire.

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