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It’s no secret that remote areas of the UK may not have the best broadband service. But a 2018 Ofcom survey revealed that almost 700,000 homes don’t meet the minimum threshold for broadband connectivity. With access to the internet more important than ever before, many homes don’t have sufficient access to stream a film or run a Zoom call. But with a five billion pound pledge to have gigabit broadband in every home by 2025, rural broadband is set to change in Paisley.

What is gigabit broadband, and why is it needed?

Gigabit or full-fibre broadband is the fastest form of internet connectivity, as it travels directly to your home through a glass or plastic fibre optic cable. This form exists in under 10% of households and can deliver up to one gigabit per second (1,000 megabits). The 700,000 homes mentioned before have under ten megabits, which is only 1% of a gigabit. The scheme aims to roll out full-fibre broadband to all homes, with one gigabit per second, by 2025.

How will this help my area?

With Paisley’s free public wifi launch making a massive difference to online access, the 2025 pledge should make it even easier to work remotely. The plan promises to create over 1 million skilled jobs and allow up to 25% of UK households to work remotely. With the global pandemic already seeing the majority of us needing internet access, the scheme couldn’t come soon enough.

How can I check internet access in my area?

If you’re having trouble with your local provider, looking at broadband in my area checks can help you make sure you’re getting the best possible coverage. Different providers may have better or worse coverage depending on location, so it’s essential to check and make sure you’re getting a good deal. Find out when you’re coming to the end of your contract and contact your provider for a revised quote, or approach a new supplier completely for a better package.

What else is being done to help rural broadband? 

The Rural Service Network posted that a Liverpool Hope University scientist proposed high altitude platform stations (HAPS) as a solution for poor internet connectivity. HAPS fly over 20km high, avoiding obstacles like poor weather, and can provide wireless broadband coverage via 4G. Until innovative solutions like this are created, rural premises with less than 100 megabit coverage can apply for a Gigabit Broadband voucher to cover up to £1,500 of installation costs, or £3,500 if you’re an SME. 

If you’re a small business owner in Paisley or an individual struggling to work from home with a poor internet connection, explore better broadband deals or apply for the scheme today to give your internet access a much-needed boost.