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Ewelme wins provisional approval for rural broadband funding
An application for rural broadband funding from Ewelme Parish Council has provisionally been approved.A South Oxfordshire village has provisionally been given the green light to benefit from a chunk of the government's Rural Community Broadband Fund.
Ewelme Parish Council made an application for the public cash, which will be spent on bringing faster connection speeds to an area currently stuck with slow or non-existent broadband, reports the Henley Standard.
Neil Blake, parish councillor for Ewelme, said the local authority has carried out a string of surveys and "ticked countless boxes" in its attempt to bring improved broadband infrastructure to the community.
At present, slow broadband speeds affect the whole village, including a part of RAF Benson, where poor connectivity hampers residents in the single accommodation units and family quarters.
"The deprivation of our services' families and personnel is a disgrace," Mr Blake commented.
Last November, an agreement in principle was reached with BT to install three new broadband cabinets in the village if the marginal costs could be covered, but this ultimately fell through.