Better Broadband

Introduction

“Superfast” broadband was rolled out to Uffington in 2017. This means that fibre cables were installed “to the cabinet” (FTTC) in the village, with traditional existing copper wires from the cabinet (the green Openreach box opposite the church) connecting to individual properties. Many businesses and households have taken advantage of this faster internet speed (up to 70Mbps). A summary from OCC on the status of broadband in Uffington (as at March 2021) delivered under the 'Better Broadband for Oxfordshire' programme is here along with further details of Oxfordshire broadband.

 

With many more people and businesses now working from home, the Parish Council has been asked to look into the possibility of establishing a community project to install “ultrafast” or “full fibre” broadband to the premises (FTTP) with fibre going directly into homes and businesses. This should provide a significant improvement to services with a much faster and more reliable “gigabit ready” (typically 150Mbps but up to 1000Mbps = 1Gbps) service that would “future-proof” our communications infrastructure, and may even improve property values.

 

Because this is a rural area, government grants are available to connect businesses (£3500), households (£1500), the school and Museum. This could eliminate altogether the cost to individuals of installing full-fibre. In addition, Oxfordshire County Council has just introduced a scheme to support better rural broadband which can top some of these vouchers up to £7000.

 

The current situation with the project is outlined below, but if you have any further questions or suggestions, please send an email to broadband@uffington.net or speak to Mike Oldnall or Kat Foxhall.

Broadband Survey

In order to establish the level of interest in upgarding the village broadband, the Council, assisted by Kat Foxhall, ran a short survey in November 2020 to understand better current broadband use and speeds. The survey has now ended and you can see the results in a Downloadable summary of the results.

 

The project will be following up the survey by examining options and costs for providing superfast (Gbit) broadband to those interested. A public forum will be organised once the best options have been identified. The provisional date for the forun, which will be conducted by Zoom is Wednesday 28 April

Site Updated

19 April 21

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