Better Broadband for Oxfordshire – cabinet update and rural survey

The third of four priorities outlined in the BIS is to address issues affecting infrastructure and planning within the Vale of White Horse. This includes supporting businesses concerned with parking, congestion, public transport and access to high speed broadband.

Improving broadband has been a long term priority of Vale4Business. In August 2013 Oxfordshire County Council, in partnership with BT and the Government, launched the Better Broadband for Oxfordshire Project.

75 per cent of respondents to the BIS research cited access to high speed broadband as very important or important. There have been two phases to this project to date.  The first phase was a £25 million investment funded by Oxfordshire County Council, the government and BT.

The second phase saw investment of £10.68 million made up of funding from the district councils, Oxfordshire County Council, BT, OxLEP, SEMLEP and government match funding.  This included a contribution of £250,000 from Vale Council which was matched by government.  It also included prioritisation for the key business parks in the Vale.

The next phase will see re-investment of savings achieved when the take up of superfast broadband has been over 20 per cent in Oxfordshire to achieve over 96% coverage in the Vale.

The latest coverage and the roll-out plans are available here.

Latest cabinets to go live

Have you seen this sticker?

Broadband sticker

This Better Broadband for Oxfordshire sticker is placed onto a cabinet that has been delivered by the programme funding, when it has been fibre enabled. This means that the cabinet has gone live, and is now ready to take orders for fibre broadband with your chosen supplier.

The BBfO website publishes a list of the latest cabinets to go live, updated on a monthly basis.

Rural businesses coverage survey

We are aware that there are still gaps in superfast broadband coverage for businesses in rural areas and would appreciate your help in understanding what your business broadband connectivity is like. This information will help us to bid for future funding, putting us in a position to continue to support more businesses, like yours, to gain the advantages of fast and reliable internet connectivity. If you run a business in a rural part of Oxfordshire, please take a few minutes to complete our survey about broadband connectivity by Friday 17th November 2017. This survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete.
If you would like a copy of this document either in paper format, on audio cassette, Braille, large print or in other languages please contact: broadband@oxfordshire.gov.uk
If you would like more information about the Better Broadband for Oxfordshire Programme please visit: www.betterbroadbandoxfordshire.org.uk or email: broadband@oxfordshire.gov.uk

By post:
Better Broadband for Oxfordshire Team, Programme Management Office (PMO), Oxfordshire County Council, County Hall, New Road, Oxford OX1 1ND
 
Thank you in anticipation of your help with completing this survey
Key details:
Opens on: Friday 20 October 2017 at 09:00
Closes on: Friday 17 November 2017 at 17:00
Results: Will be published by Friday 8 December 2017
 

Want to find out more about infrastructure projects that benefit your business? Visit the BIS page of the V4B website.