The Better Broadband for Oxfordshire programme achieved 95% coverage of superfast broadband across Oxfordshire in December 2017. We now expect to achieve over 96% superfast coverage by December 2019, comprised as follows:
- Baseline commercial coverage 69%
- Phase 1 coverage 22.5%
- Phase 2 coverage 3.9%
- Phase 3 coverage 0.9%
- Total c 96.3% coverage
Whilst this places Oxfordshire in the upper quartile of counties in terms of having access to superfast broadband, we anticipate there to be approximately 8,500 premises, which will not have access and for which Oxfordshire County Council has no fully funded solution, due to the very high cost of intervention required. If your broadband speed is slow, then you can check if you are you in scope for future deployment through the Better Broadband for Oxfordshire programme on our Coverage Map.
There are also three voucher subsidy schemes available:
Rural Gigabit Connection Voucher Scheme
As part of the Rural Gigabit Connectivity programme announced by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport in May 2019, there is a new rural voucher scheme offering business and residents in some of the hardest-to-reach places in the UK, additional funding towards the cost of installing gigabit-capable broadband to their premises when part of a group project:
- Businesses - up to £3,500
- Residents - up to £1,500
Group projects are when two or more residents and/or SMEs combine their vouchers towards the shared cost of installation; single connections are not eligible for additional funding. Premises must meet eligibility and be defined as “rural” and also be currently receiving less than 30 megabits per second. The connection will then need to be gigabit-capable, with a minimum speed taken by the customer of 30Mbps.
To find out more visit: https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/rural
Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme
In March 2018, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport launched the £67m Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme, which can be used by SMEs and the local communities surrounding them to contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit capable connection:
- Businesses - up to £2,500 against the cost of connection either individually or as part of a group project
- Residents - up to £500 and can benefit from the scheme as part of a group project, which also includes businesses
One gigabit is the same as 1,000 megabits – so it’s a big leap forward in connection speeds that could benefit you and your business into the future.
To find out more visit: https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk
Better Broadband Voucher Scheme
This is a UK-wide government subsidy scheme, which was launched in December 2015 to provide affordable, basic broadband installation to homes and businesses that are unable to access a broadband service with a download speed of at least 2Mbps and who will not benefit from the superfast broadband rollout within the next twelve months. The Better Broadband Voucher Scheme may be able to help you access a basic broadband service that will offer download speeds of at least 10 Mbps. Households and businesses that are eligible to take advantage of the scheme could have the installation and hardware costs of their connection subsidised up to the cost of £350.
To find out more visit: https://basicbroadband.culture.gov.uk