BT claims to have connected most residents of an Oxfordshire village with fibre optic broadband access after it was revealed that Islip had been neglected in BT’s commercial fibre optic broadband rollout. Residents contributed GBP 11,000 to the cost, and BT agreed to bring fibre to the village as it is close to the fibre-upgraded telephone exchange at Kidlington. Openreach, the company’s local network business, will connect the cabinet serving Islip to the network in Kidlington. Work is expected to be completed in June 2013.
According to Alison Mitchell, chair of Islip Parish Council: “Due to the distance from the local exchange at Kidlington, our villagers have received extremely slow broadband to date over the existing copper lines. High-speed broadband is of critical importance for many residents… the arrival of fibre broadband in the village will make a massive different to many of our lives.”
Bill Murphy, MD for next generation access at BT, said: “We encourage other communities to talk to us about their options. We want to provide fibre speeds to as many people as possible and in many cases local residents can make a real difference in bringing fibre to their area.”
BT has won every contract under the Broadband Deliver UK (BDUK) scheme so far, under which the government has pledged to provide the UK with the fasted broadband speeds in Europe by 2015.
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