Council pledges £1 million to superfast broadband delivery

Wednesday, May 14th 2014
South Oxfordshire Council is investing £1 million in delivering superfast broadband throughout the area.
Council pledges £1 million to superfast broadband delivery
South Oxfordshire District Council is to invest £1 million in the delivery of superfast broadband to homes and businesses in the area.

The high-speed technology is currently being brought to the county by BT under the £25 million Better Broadband for Oxfordshire rollout programme, with 95 per cent of residential and commercial properties set to be connected to the superfast service by the end of 2015.

However, at the moment, just 53 per cent of South Oxfordshire premises can connect to fast fibre broadband, but this will most likely improve thanks to the new funding from the council.

In addition, Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) has agreed to match the funding, which will enable the council to make a significant difference to people based in the area.

Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Property and Technical Services Judith Nimmo-Smith commented: "Our £1 million investment, together with the BDUK match funding, extends the reach of superfast broadband … making a big difference to many people across the district."

To extend the technology rollout to 100 per cent of premises in South Oxfordshire, the council will consider further investments over the coming months.

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