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West Oxfordshire broadband Internet schemes bid for grants from Government fund
2:30pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
BIDS for funding for community broadband projects in the Evenlode Valley and for Northmoor, Moreton and Bablockhythe are to be put forward for Government funding.
Although many areas are set to get superfast connections under a £25m project involving Oxfordshire County Council and BT agreed earlier this month, smaller rural communities may miss still miss out.
The schemes hope to land grants from the Government’s £20m Rural Community Broadband Fund to connect 5,000 homes and businesses in the Evenlode Valley and 480 at Northmoor to fibre-optic cables.
The decision to allow the bids to go forward was made after a meeting last week between representatives of the two projects, West Oxfordshire District Council and Oxfordshire County Council.
Hugo Pickering, from Lyneham, the chief executive of Chipping Norton-based Cotswolds Broadband, which hopes to get a grant of £1.8m, said: “This is really great news, as it allows us all to move forward to complete the picture of superfast broadband in our part of West Oxfordshire.
“The communities we represent are not content with sub-standard communications.”
Graham Shelton, the chairman of Northmoor Parish Council, added: “We have been on a long road ever since we realised that Northmoor may be left out of the main county plan.
“I’m delighted that now, after a huge team effort, we should achieve our objective of superfast fibre for every property in Northmoor, Moreton and Bablockhythe.”
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