Better broadband for Oxfordshire | Oxfordshire County Council

Better broadband for Oxfordshire

A programme to bring better broadband to Oxfordshire by 2017

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Better Broadband for Oxfordshire is a £35m programme to bring fibre enabled broadband (speeds of 24Mbps and above) to homes and businesses in Oxfordshire.

Phase 1 ended in December 2015 and brought superfast broadband to 90 percent of homes and businesses in all of Oxfordshire. Phase 2 will extend coverage to 95 percent by the end of December by 2017 (Phase 2 in West Oxfordshire District is being delivered by Cotswolds Broadband).

The programme is a collaboration between Oxfordshire County Council, the Government (through BDUK) and BT, designed to boost the local economy by bringing broadband to the vast majority of residents and businesses across the county.

In addition, a local partnership was formed last year between Oxfordshire Local Enterprise (OxLEP), the District Councils of South Oxfordshire, Cherwell, Vale of White Horse and Oxford City Council and the County Council to enable our programme to reach even more homes and businesses in Oxfordshire.

The local partnership contribution breakdown:

  • South Oxfordshire District Council - £1.09 million
  • Cherwell District Council - £545,000
  • Vale of White Horse District Council - £272,000
  • Oxford City Council - £168,000
  • OxLEP - £2,045,000
  • SEMLEP - £120,000
  • BT - £13.3 million
  • Oxfordshire County Council - £10.3 million

This programme is now bringing significant social and economic benefits to rural areas where access to broadband has been previously slow or there has been a gap due to no commercial providers delivering the necessary infrastructure. By stepping in to fill the gaps not served commercially, both businesses and homes across the county have and will continue to benefit significantly

All residents and businesses should benefit

Making sure that everyone has access to some form of broadband connection will boost business efficiency, streamline and reduce costs for providing the council’s numerous customer services. It will also enrich leisure and social time. Almost everybody will benefit from this major investment.

The current rollout of superfast broadband is on track to deliver coverage to 95 percent of Oxfordshire by 2017. However we are determined to help those with the slowest connections by providing, via a new satellite offer, an immediate boost to their available speeds ahead of any future planned improvements.

BDUK Better Basic Broadband Scheme

The Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme has been developed by the UK government to provide access to a subsidised broadband installation to homes and businesses that are unable to access a broadband service with a download speed of at least 2Mbps and who will not benefit from the superfast broadband rollout.

If you currently experience poor broadband speeds or are unable to obtain an affordable broadband service at all, the scheme will provide you with access to a basic broadband service that will offer speeds of at least 2Mbps.

The Scheme has been developed by the UK government to ensure that every household and business in the UK can access an affordable basic broadband service. We define an affordable service as one that costs no more than £400 a year including installation, equipment and monthly fee.

Find out more about the scheme

What’s the latest?

Better Broadband for Oxfordshire - on track, on budget and on time

Thanks to the Better Broadband for Oxfordshire programme, around 80,000 premises across Oxfordshire now have access to faster fibre broadband, including many in some of the more difficult to reach parts of the county. Of those 80,000, more than 69,200 households and businesses have access to ‘superfast’ broadband speeds of 24Mbps and above.

This connection rate means that the programme has achieved what we promised back in 2013 when it started. We are now moving to stage 2 of the programme - delivering broadband to even more communities across Oxfordshire.

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Find out more

Visit our broadband website it get the very latest from the project and find out how you can benefit from better broadband.


Last reviewed
29 November 2016
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