Now that the Scottish Government has announced the Reaching 100% (R100) scheme for fibre broadband, the UK Govenment Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is no longer available in most areas in Scotland.

It has been replaced by the Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme (SBVS). The SBVS will provide two distinct levels of subsidy:

  • A voucher worth up to £5,000 to help deliver a permanent broadband connection to those properties for which there is no roll-out of superfast broadband planned.
  • A voucher worth up to £400 to help deliver an interim connection to those properties for which there is roll-out of superfast broadband planned, but not until after the end of 2021. Properties in more difficult-to-reach locations may be eligible for an additional subsidy of £250.

More details are available at: https://www.scotlandsuperfast.com/how-can-i-get-it/voucher-scheme/

Most addresses in Borgue that are not already connected to fibre broadband fall into the second category above. The Borgue area is planned to be covered by the R100 programme but installation will not take place until 'after 2021' which probably means that it could be well into 2022 before fibre broadband is available here.

In the meantime there is the option of taking out a contract for a 4G mobile broadband hub. if you are in an area that has a 4G mobile signal. These are available from several vendors, including BT and EE and will typically cost around £30 per month. A few properties in the Kirkandrews area have installed these and are seeing download speeds of around 20 Mbps which is a big improvement over the broadband service through the telephone lines. If the 4G signal is weak, it is possible to get an external antenna installed to improve the signal.