Additional funding has been provided to enable both residents and businesses in Oxfordshire to obtain access to superfast broadband.
The funding will provide residential and business broadband to more than 4,600 properties in the county. The funding amounts to £5.58m and is an extension of the Better Broadband for Oxfordshire project, which is being led by Oxfordshire County Council and BT and was launched around 18 months ago.
£2m of this funding has come from the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, with further funding from district and city councils and the BDUK project. The minister for digital economy, Ed Vaizey, said the news of the additional funding is fantastic and that the project in the region has already progressed very quickly.
This latest phase will take superfast broadband coverage in the county to more than 95% and the work is expected to begin straight away. Those who are interested in finding out whether there will be coverage in their area can use the postcode checker on the official Better Broadband for Oxfordshire website. Speeds of up to 80Mbps will be available and there will be a choice of broadband providers.
County councillor Nick Carter said the project so far has been achieved on time and within budget. BT’s MD for next generation access, Bill Murphy, said the roll-out of the programme is going very well, allowing both residents and businesses to take advantage of all that the faster speeds have to offer.