Businesses are being asked to give their views on local broadband services and how they use them in a new survey, which will help influence the type of support provided to firms in the future.
The Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire (BBfN) programme is being delivered by Nottinghamshire County Council and BT and is on course to ensure 97% of the county’s homes and businesses have access to superfast broadband by 2018.
The aim of BBfN is to provide an improved digital infrastructure by developing a fibre-based broadband network to support the growth of Nottinghamshire businesses.
Now the County Council is asking businesses how they use the internet and how important better connectivity is to them so that future support can be tailored to their needs.
The short survey can be completed on-line at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/
Councillor Roy Allan, Vice-Chair of the Economic Development Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Access to superfast broadband can support business growth, unlock economic opportunities and attract investment. I am proud that Nottinghamshire is well set to become one of the best connected areas in the entire country.
“So that we can further support businesses to access the opportunities that this new digital infrastructure provides, we need to better understand how they use the internet and what the potential barriers are to them to getting the best out of it.”
Meanwhile, small businesses from across Nottinghamshire are being reminded that they have the chance to get discounts of up to £3,000 off the cost of supercharging their broadband speed.
The Connection Voucher Scheme gives businesses money off the cost of installing superfast broadband and access speeds of over 30Mbps.
The Connection Voucher Scheme is a government-funded initiative, administered through Nottingham City Council.
Any small to medium sized business in Nottinghamshire and the City of Nottingham – including home workers, social enterprises, sole traders and landlords – can apply to the scheme to fund the capital costs of upgrading broadband connections.
Businesses can choose a provider from more than 600 registered suppliers in the UK.
Applying for the grant is very easy. Interested parties can visit www.connectionvouchers.
In accessing the scheme, businesses pay the VAT charge and the monthly line rental to their service provider. While monthly costs vary by provider and package, a quarter of businesses pay £40 per month or less.
For more information on the voucher scheme, please visit www.nottinghamcity.gov.
For more information about the Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire scheme and availability of fibre broadband in your area, visit www.nottinghamshire.gov.