Satellite Internet one of only seven initial suppliers approved under new “best value” internet subsidy scheme

  • Posted by Fran Cator
  • May 23, 2016 11:07 AM BST

Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) Broadband Voucher programme targets properties with speeds of less than 2Mbps

23 May 2016. Satellite Internet, a specialist satellite Internet Service Provider (ISP), announced its participation in a new regional Broadband Voucher scheme which offers eligible applicants the option to get connected to a fast and robust internet service delivered over satellite at no set-up cost to the applicant whatsoever.

The Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) programme aims to help those with internet speeds of less than 2Mbps get connected to faster broadband by offering a subsidy to help towards upfront costs. Eligible residents and businesses will receive a voucher code which they can utilise with their choice of seven approved suppliers, including Satellite Internet which has previously worked with CDS to connect three villages in the region as part of BDUK’s Superfast Broadband Phase 3 Market Test Pilot project.

With up to £500 of subsidy available, those choosing Satellite Internet as their provider will have 100% of their set-up costs covered – including all necessary equipment, a professional installation of any level of complexity and account activation – and will also receive a free wireless router worth £50.

Satellite Internet’s Business Development Director David Hennell said: “The CDS Broadband Voucher programme is the most fit for purpose scheme of its kind in the UK. It’s already very clear that best value is achieved when subsidy-providing bodies engage directly with the suppliers who actually deliver the service required. CDS has realised this and gone further - it has carefully examined other current subsidy schemes and has picked out the most effective elements from each, coming up with a simple and best-of-breed process for both end-users and approved suppliers alike. This means that dramatically improved connectivity can be delivered quickly, cheaply and easily where it’s most needed.

“CDS’ proactive and forward-thinking decision to deliver an increased level of subsidy within its own scheme and provide the best value for its residents is highly commendable and will appeal to the broadest possible audience within the two counties. By choosing Satellite Internet as the service provider, all any eligible applicant will have to pay is our market standard monthly subscription for their choice of package – with all other costs covered by the programme. Although the CDS scheme was only launched a few weeks ago, we are already experiencing a high level of interest as a result.”

The CDS Broadband Voucher scheme will run for one year and is open to individual residents, small businesses and communities. People who wish to apply should visit

Satellite Internet is the primary country partner for Europe’s premier satellite broadband provider SES Techcom Services, whose parent company owns and manages the ASTRA fleet of satellites, delivering high-speed satellite broadband services across the UK and Ireland.