Oxfordshire County Council and BT are to invest £5.1 million into high-speed fibre broadband which is hoped to reach an additional 6,500 homes and businesses across the county.
The deal represents the latest addition to the Better Broadband project and is part of the government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme.
When the new additions are implemented, Oxfordshire will have 95% high-speed fibre optic coverage; residents will expect download speeds of up to 80 mbps and upload speeds of up to 20 mbps.
The new deal injects further funding into the County Council’s contract with BT, adding £1 million from South Oxfordshire District Council, £500,000 from Cherwell District Council, £250,000 from the Vale of the White Horse District Council, £200,000 from Oxfordshire County Council, £1.2m from BT, and a further £1.95m from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s Superfast Extension Programme (SEP).
The council has said it will announce further details in the Spring and by Autumn, BT will begin planning and surveying and start building the structures before the end of the year.
Digital Economy Minister, Ed Vaizey, said: “Today’s announcement marks the next step in the transformation of the digital landscape of Oxfordshire. We want as many people as possible to enjoy the benefits of superfast broadband, and this new £5.1 million investment will help us reach thousands more local homes and businesses.”
Councillor Nick Carter, Cabinet Member for Business and Customer Services, commented: “The Better Broadband for Oxfordshire scheme has gone incredibly well so far, enabling many thousands of people to access superfast broadband who otherwise would not have been connected.”
Councillor John Cotton, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, added: “This will make a big difference for many people across the district.”
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