SME Businesses in Cardiff and Newport can now register their interest for grants of up to £3000+VAT to help them get connected to a 30+ Mbps Broadband Service. Eligible businesses have to pay the VAT on the installation. The grant is also not designed to cover line rental and any general service charges.
UK Gov originally intended the UBF to be spent on being spent upon the construction of new ‘ 80-100Mbps+ ‘Ultrafast broadband infrastructure, however due to legal challenges from BT & Virgin and concerns over State Aid the scheme has now been diluted and used on connection vouchers.
Cardiff and Newport are the only cities in Wales who are to receive money under the UBF, since Swansea’s application was not accepted by the UK Government.