Credit for free installation
Marketing Executive - Campaigns
In a previous blog, our connectivity product manager lamented the fact that the Government’s Connection Voucher Scheme, which provides up to £3,000 towards the cost of FTTC or Leased Line installation, prevents us from taking credit for our own free installation service for FTTC.
He has a point. It’s never fair when someone steals your thunder. Even when the perpetrator is offering SMBs the chance to connect to much faster, better broadband than they might have been able to afford otherwise, like some modern day, tech-driven Robin Hood.
However, the guys who run the scheme recently announced that since April this year, nearly £22m worth of connection vouchers has been allocated. That’s just over half the available budget, meaning that, if the momentum continues at the same rate, the scheme will run out of funding this side of Christmas. Not only that, but any installations that take place after the Scheme officially ends on 31st March 2016 may not be eligible for funding.
So the question is this: do you bring forward your connectivity review to take advantage of free installation on a whole range of leased line technologies, or do you ignore the opportunity and wait until your business desperately needs better connectivity? Or, to put it another way, would you prefer to be grateful for the Government’s offer of free installation – or ours?
It’s worth bearing in mind that letting this chance go is to risk potentially limiting yourself to access technologies that, while offering a step improvement to businesses still struggling away on ADSL, lack the reliability and SLAs of Leased Lines.
I’m sure you’ve always been told not to look a gift horse in the mouth. After all, free money doesn’t grow on trees. But before I go metaphor-crazy, the point I want to get to is this: yes, Eclipse is proud to offer free installation on FTTC – but when it comes to Leased Lines, it could pay to bring forward your connectivity review in order to take advantage of the Connection Voucher Scheme before that particular pot runs dry.