PM switches on community’s fast broadband

Prime Minister David Cameron talks to Northmoor villagers

Prime Minister David Cameron talks to Northmoor villagers

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DAVID Cameron has switched on a community broadband project that will give one West Oxfordshire parish one of the fastest internet speeds in the country.

The Prime Minister and Witney MP praised villagers in Northmoor, Moreton and Bablockhythe for getting together to secure speeds of up to one gigabit per second.

New fibre optic cables have been installed to 520 homes from a central cabinet in Northmoor by broadband provider Gigaclear, after the firm matched a £186,000 grant from the Government’s rural community broadband fund.

Mr Cameron said: “This is a great advertisement of how a small community can come together with the help of the Government’s rural community broadband fund to get some of the fastest broadband in the country brought directly to their homes.

“Huge congratulations to all involved and I would encourage everyone to take up this opportunity.’’

Rural broadband has been an issue for many areas in the county. 

Oxfordshire County Council’s ‘Better Broadband’ scheme, working alongside BT, aims to deliver superfast internet to 90 per cent of homes by next year. However, this scheme will not extend to all rural communities, including much of the area covered by the Northmoor network.

Broadband project group leader Graham Shelton, who is also chairman of the parish council, said the new system “catapults us straight into the 21st century.”

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9:51am Tue 19 Aug 14

Witmoor says...

Why is Oxfordshire CC & BT's Better Broadband scheme mentioned in relation to this story?? BT have left countless villages and hamlets high and dry after monopolising most of the government funding.

If the switched on residents of Northmoor hadn't worked so hard and quickly their community would have been left in the broadband wilderness for years

Big congratulations to all those who made the Northmoor scheme happen!!
Why is Oxfordshire CC & BT's Better Broadband scheme mentioned in relation to this story?? BT have left countless villages and hamlets high and dry after monopolising most of the government funding. If the switched on residents of Northmoor hadn't worked so hard and quickly their community would have been left in the broadband wilderness for years Big congratulations to all those who made the Northmoor scheme happen!! Witmoor
  • Score: 9

10:14am Tue 19 Aug 14

StuartB11 says...

Witmoor wrote:
Why is Oxfordshire CC & BT's Better Broadband scheme mentioned in relation to this story?? BT have left countless villages and hamlets high and dry after monopolising most of the government funding.

If the switched on residents of Northmoor hadn't worked so hard and quickly their community would have been left in the broadband wilderness for years

Big congratulations to all those who made the Northmoor scheme happen!!
I completely agree, this project has NOTHING to do with the Oxfordshire CC /Broadband Delivery UK scheme, which subsidises BT. It was driven by the Northmoor Community, who worked tirelessly to get the funding via the Rural Communities Broadband Fund (RCBF).

Furthermore UK GOV seemed to have designed RCBF to make it it as difficult as possible to claim and Northmoor is only one of three projects that has received funding since the fund was launched in 2011. Full credit to Graham and his team for their persistence in getting this scheme working.
[quote][p][bold]Witmoor[/bold] wrote: Why is Oxfordshire CC & BT's Better Broadband scheme mentioned in relation to this story?? BT have left countless villages and hamlets high and dry after monopolising most of the government funding. If the switched on residents of Northmoor hadn't worked so hard and quickly their community would have been left in the broadband wilderness for years Big congratulations to all those who made the Northmoor scheme happen!![/p][/quote]I completely agree, this project has NOTHING to do with the Oxfordshire CC /Broadband Delivery UK scheme, which subsidises BT. It was driven by the Northmoor Community, who worked tirelessly to get the funding via the Rural Communities Broadband Fund (RCBF). Furthermore UK GOV seemed to have designed RCBF to make it it as difficult as possible to claim and Northmoor is only one of three projects that has received funding since the fund was launched in 2011. Full credit to Graham and his team for their persistence in getting this scheme working. StuartB11
  • Score: 8

10:31am Tue 19 Aug 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

StuartB11 wrote:
Witmoor wrote:
Why is Oxfordshire CC & BT's Better Broadband scheme mentioned in relation to this story?? BT have left countless villages and hamlets high and dry after monopolising most of the government funding.

If the switched on residents of Northmoor hadn't worked so hard and quickly their community would have been left in the broadband wilderness for years

Big congratulations to all those who made the Northmoor scheme happen!!
I completely agree, this project has NOTHING to do with the Oxfordshire CC /Broadband Delivery UK scheme, which subsidises BT. It was driven by the Northmoor Community, who worked tirelessly to get the funding via the Rural Communities Broadband Fund (RCBF).

Furthermore UK GOV seemed to have designed RCBF to make it it as difficult as possible to claim and Northmoor is only one of three projects that has received funding since the fund was launched in 2011. Full credit to Graham and his team for their persistence in getting this scheme working.
More to the point, why are taxpayers being asked to fund Broadband for businesses and individuals ?
[quote][p][bold]StuartB11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Witmoor[/bold] wrote: Why is Oxfordshire CC & BT's Better Broadband scheme mentioned in relation to this story?? BT have left countless villages and hamlets high and dry after monopolising most of the government funding. If the switched on residents of Northmoor hadn't worked so hard and quickly their community would have been left in the broadband wilderness for years Big congratulations to all those who made the Northmoor scheme happen!![/p][/quote]I completely agree, this project has NOTHING to do with the Oxfordshire CC /Broadband Delivery UK scheme, which subsidises BT. It was driven by the Northmoor Community, who worked tirelessly to get the funding via the Rural Communities Broadband Fund (RCBF). Furthermore UK GOV seemed to have designed RCBF to make it it as difficult as possible to claim and Northmoor is only one of three projects that has received funding since the fund was launched in 2011. Full credit to Graham and his team for their persistence in getting this scheme working.[/p][/quote]More to the point, why are taxpayers being asked to fund Broadband for businesses and individuals ? Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
  • Score: -3

12:12pm Tue 19 Aug 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

Anything for a positive spin photo shoot "Call me Dave" eh? after all I do believe the residents did all the work not you?
Anything for a positive spin photo shoot "Call me Dave" eh? after all I do believe the residents did all the work not you? yabbadabbadoo256
  • Score: -6

9:47am Wed 20 Aug 14

Witmoor says...

Sandy Wimpole-Smyth - you may not have noticed but connectivity and high speed internet are very important to the economy as a whole.

They are becoming a crucial utility in a similar vein to energy and transport infrastructure. Not supporting the rollout of high speed broadband in rural areas would be akin to stopping the development of national grid outside of towns and cities or only tarmacing roads in urban areas and leaving B roads as gravel tracks.

High speed broadband will help develop economies across the country and guess what that does - it brings in taxes revenues for the government and local agencies. Invest in it - and it will give the taxpayer a return.

It's an investment, not a handout
Sandy Wimpole-Smyth - you may not have noticed but connectivity and high speed internet are very important to the economy as a whole. They are becoming a crucial utility in a similar vein to energy and transport infrastructure. Not supporting the rollout of high speed broadband in rural areas would be akin to stopping the development of national grid outside of towns and cities or only tarmacing roads in urban areas and leaving B roads as gravel tracks. High speed broadband will help develop economies across the country and guess what that does - it brings in taxes revenues for the government and local agencies. Invest in it - and it will give the taxpayer a return. It's an investment, not a handout Witmoor
  • Score: 6

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