Friday, 20 July 2018

Superfast broadband on way to villagers

SUPERFAST broadband could be coming to Stoke Row after a fibre optic box was installed in

SUPERFAST broadband could be coming to Stoke Row after a fibre optic box was installed in the village.

The BT cabinet in Uxmore Road was put in as part of the Better Broadband for Oxfordshire project, a £25million programme to provide broadband to 64,500 homes in the county.

It will go live later this year once 700m of fibre optic cable has been installed and will offer superfast broadband to about 300 homes and businesses.

Residents and businesses welcomed the development.

Tracy Westall–Reece, of School Lane, said: “Both my husband and I work from home sometimes. We have two boosters in our house and they’re weather–dependent, so it’s difficult if it’s too wet or cold.

“The sooner we get superfast broadband the better. It’s something that house–buyers are factoring in when they look at properties in the village.”

Charlotte Harris, headteacher at Stoke Row School, said: “It’s 100 per cent needed and will make a huge difference to the amount of work our children are able to produce at school.”

Peter Armstrong, of Stoke Row Village Stores, said: “Broadband is terrible for us here and we don’t even have a website.

“There’s other businesses I know for whom it’s a real pain commercially.”

John Barrett, who runs Stoke Row Garage, said: “We’re getting desperate. The best speed I’ve had in five years is two–and–a–half megabytes per second. I’m dreading when MOTs start going over to digital.”

Better Broadband for Oxfordshire is a joint project between BT, Oxfordshire County Council and the Government. Residents can follow the progress of the new box in Stoke Row by visiting

• Fibre opic cables are currently being connected to some street cabinets in Nettlebed.

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