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New investment in broadband
10:00am Friday 16th August 2013 in News
BETTER broadband is on its way to Chipping Norton after BT awarded a multimillion pound contract to Oxfordshire County Council.
The £25 million programme will be rolled out across the county from January next year and take twoand- a-half years to complete.
The aim is to ensure at least 90 per cent of all premises have access to superfast broadband speeds of 24Mbps and above by the end of 2015.
Councillor Nick Carter, Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet member for business and customer services, said: “This deal brings broadband to Oxfordshire two years ahead of the national roll-out programme.
“Broadband is now seen almost as a utility like water or electricity, yet there are still areas where access is non-existent or far too slow.
“However, everyone in the project area will soon benefit from this major investment.”
The county council will continue to work with BDUK and BT to secure additional funding to enable the programme to go further and the remaining very isolated rural pockets will receive a minimum of 2Mbps, enough to use e-mail and web services efficiently.
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