Saturday, 12 June 2021

Villagers offered high speed web access

FIBRE broadband has gone live in more parts of South Oxfordshire.

The Better Broadband for Oxfordshire partnership has been rolled out in Nettlebed, Nuffield, Park Corner, Christmas Common, Britwell Salome and Cuxham, among other places.

It mean homes and business in this area can have high speed internet access, enabling downloading, music streaming and watching catch-up television without buffering.

Peter Richardson, of Connect8, a group representing villages in the Watlington area which has campaigned for better broadband, said this was “a breakthrough milestone in the long-running drive to bring a good broadband service to South Oxfordshire”.

Meanwhile, superfast broadband is step closer in the Bix and Assendon parish.

A new fibre cabinet is set to be installed in Middle Assendon next to the telegraph pole at Home Farm, close to the post box as you come into the village from Henley. 

Another cabinet is likely to be installed on the A4130 in Bix opposite the back of Leys Cottage.

Parish clerk Jane Pryce said: “As parishioners may recall, it was our expectation that Bix was to receive a new superfast broadband cabinet to complement the one already installed in Lower Assendon.

“The intention to also install an additional cabinet in Middle Assendon is therefore very welcome news.

“While this is potentially very encouraging, it does not necessarily mean that these cabinets will be installed and active imminently.  The commitment from BT was that any new cabinets for the parish would be installed and active only by the end of 2017. 

“As a cautionary note, it was several months after its installation before the cabinet in Lower Assendon was activated and residents were benefiting from faster broadband speeds.”

About 70,000 households and businesses across Oxfordshire are now able to get superfast fibre broadband as a result of the Better Broadband for Oxfordshire roll-out, which is being led by Oxfordshire County Council and BT as part of the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme.

For more information, visit www.betterbroadbandoxford

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