top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon
Explore
arrow down

Grants to access wireless broadband to double to €300 in France

The aid, which is currently €150, is especially targeted at rural areas and is to help home and businesses with equipment and installation

The recalculated grant comes as part of the ‘France Très Haut Débit’ (France at very high speed) project Pic: DedovStock / Shutterstock

Households and businesses in France which are not covered by wireless broadband access will from April be able to access a government grant of €300 to help with equipment and installation costs.

Prime Minister Jean Castex announced that the amount available would be boosted from €150 on Saturday (February 5), and will be especially targeted at people in rural areas. 

“We have observed that this sum is not sufficient to enable people to set up [wireless broadband,” he said. “We have therefore decided to go up to €300, or even €600” depending on the situation of the household in question.

The recalculated grant comes as part of the ‘France Très Haut Débit’ (France at very high speed) project, which aims to cover the whole country with very high speed broadband – at more than 30 Mbits/s – by the end of 2022.

Consumer group UFC-Que Choisir had observed in a report published in January that despite 4G coverage, 32% of households in rural areas were without “good broadband” access, or internet speeds of above eight Mbits/s.

Read more: Internet in rural France: New study shows how bad it really can be

It also found that in urban areas, internet speeds are 66% higher on average than in rural areas, reaching 55.3 Mbits/s as compared to 33.3 Mbits/s.

Some 14.3% of users had a coverage of less than three Mbits/s, which is the minimum speed which allows access to basic internet services such as searches.

You can find out more about installing wireless broadband with the help of a government grant on this Agence nationale de la cohésion des territoires website.

This will present you with a list of operators with whom you can get in touch to determine whether you are eligible for government support. If you are, you will not have to do anything: the grant will be deducted directly from your bill.

Related articles

New online health space: What it changes for residents in France

France plans to put more admin online but is it positive step for all?

Do online ‘neobanks’ protect our money like ordinary French banks?

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Healthcare in France*
Featured Help Guide
- Understand the French healthcare system, how you access it and how you are reimbursed - Useful if you are new to the French healthcare system or want a more in-depth understanding - Reader question and answer section Aimed at non-French nationals living here, the guide gives an overview of what you are (and are not) covered for. There is also information for second-home owners and regular visitors.
Get news, views and information from France
You have 2 free subscriber articles left
Subscribe now to read unlimited articles and exclusive content
Already a subscriber? Log in now